Scholarly journals (a.k.a. "academic journals") are similar to magazines, in that they publish regular issues. But, unlike the articles in magazines, the articles in scholarly journals are written by scholars, and are meant to be read by other scholars.
Scholarly journals publish various types of articles. Some types of articles are typically peer-reviewed before publication, including all of the following:
Scholarly journals sometimes publish articles that are not peer-reviewed, such as the following:
A database is an electronic collection of journal articles or other documents. Most journals are not available for free. Schools pay subscription fees to give students access to copyrighted content.
Note: Some journals ARE available for free on the Internet. These are called open-access journals, and you can search them using the Directory of Open Access Journals.
UMW pays for subscriptions to approximately 200 databases. These databases are accessible only on UMW library computers. UMW Libraries invites high school students to come and use its computers at Simpson Library, located on the Fredericksburg campus.
When you find an article in a database, you can save the article to a flash drive, or email it to yourself, or print it (at a cost of 10 cents per page).
When you use the UMW databases, you need to decide which of the 200 databases to search. You have a couple of options:
Option 1: Go to the list of all databases, look for the drop-down menu that says "All subjects," and select your subject from the menu.
Option 2: Use Quest. Quest is a tool for searching many databases at once. Nearly all of the UMW databases are searchable using Quest. When you do a search in Quest, you'll get results from many different databases, combined into one big list.