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MSSG 1005 /1013 / 2014 SO: Find Articles

The purpose of this research guide is to help you find information to assist find locating scholarly journal articles, reliable websites, and books related specifically to your area of study.

Why use Library Databases

Library Databases

Library databases do a lot of the hard work of the research process for you. They have been professionally evaluated and selected by your college librarians for their authoritative and reliable content. Library databases contain full-text peer-reviewed and scholarly journals as well as newspapers, professional, trade, and popular magazines. They provide primary source materials, reference sources, statistical resources, and a wealth of other information you can trust. If you are unable to find what you need in the Library, another good source of peer-reviewed information is the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork  IJTMB.

To find articles:

Some of the Databases For Massage Resources

How to Distinguish Scholarly Journals from Popular Magazines

Scholarly journals differ from popular magazines in a number of important ways. Popular magazines are produced for a wide audience and provide basic information and/or entertainment. Scholarly journals are written for scholars, students, and researchers and exist to advance research in a given field.

Here are some clues that will help you identify scholarly journals. Scholarly journals:

  • Usually contain an abstract, or summary, before the main text of the article.
  • Contain reports of research results.
  • Always cite their sources with footnotes and/or bibliographies.
  • Have serious formats rather than the glossy, slick formats found in popular magazines.
  • Contain graphs or charts detailing the research described by the article.
  • Are written by scholars or researchers. The authors’ affiliations will be listed on the first page or at the end of the article.
  • Are usually published by a professional organization.
  • Assume some technical background on the part of the reader—the language used is discipline-specific.