Source: Rochester Institute of Technology, Wallace Library
- A term used to identify a publication containing scholarly articles based
on theory or based on research conducted by scientific methodology. Articles
are written by scholars and practitioners in the field. They are refereed by
an editorial committee of peers before being accepted for publication. Articles
contain footnotes, charts and graphs, as needed, and end with a bibliography of
sources. Journals are often published by a university press or are sponsored by
a professional organization.
- A term used to describe publications intended for the general public or a
particular interest group. Most articles are written by professional journalists,
not scholars. The category covers a broad range: from scandal sheets to respected
news reporting, from hobby groups to newsletters of professional organizations
intended to keep practitioners aware of new developments.
- Used to locate articles on your subject in journals and magazines. Lists
article information (citations) under subject terms. Abstracts give a summary
of the contents of the article as well as its citation. In print versions
abstract entries are arranged in subject groupings and identified by consecutive
numbers. A subject index or keyword index will usually identify the abstract entry
The library subscribes to over 300 print magazines and journals. In
addition, the library offers access to thousands of magazines and journals
through its subscription databases. These databases are searchable
and in many instances provide full text of an article.
The following databases are recommended for doing research:
- EBSCOhost Web
(in-library and home access)
- EBSCOhost Web offers access to magazines, newspapers, journals, primary sources and
reference materials through 17 different databases. Select the database most
appropriate for your research. Full text is available for many of the resources
Student Research Center and
Kids Search for younger students.
- English Language Learner Reference Center (EBSCOhost) (in-library and home access)
- Designed for middle/high school students and English language learners, ELL Reference Center provides academic reference materials created specifically for ELL students. Subjects covered include science, math, history, civics, life skills and literature.
- Gale Databases
(in-library and home access)
Comprehensive, cross-searchable databases covering a wide range of topics including literature, sciences, business, environmental studies and more.
- Zinio Digital Magazines (in-library and home access)
- Download popular magazines to your computer or mobile device for free with a valid Washington County Library System library card! Create a free account with your library card, email address and a password of your choosing to gain access to the Library's collection of digital magazines. Then, create a free Zinio account to start downloading and enjoying.