UTM Office of Library Services
Paul Meek Library
10 Wayne Fisher Dr.
Martin, Tenn. 38238
Libraries provides access to print and digital material that is not "on the Internet." When the source matters, start here!
Articles are pieces of writing published in journals, magazines, and newspapers. The box at the right will help you understand words used when professor's talk about articles.
Most articles are not accessible with a Web-browser search. Articles may be found in the pages of printed journals, but most professional and scholarly articles can be searched in databases. Databases are electronic tools which collect and make journal publications accessible, but they are only accessible to research with a password. As a student, you may use databases to which the library subscribes by logging on through the UT Martin student portal.
Paul Meek Library electronic databases page
General databases appear as icons along the bottom. A database list organized by subject is accessible on the pulldown middle of the screen. Individual databases are listed by title on the alphabetical links at the top
Not all articles will meet the requirements for college writing. Scholarly articles follow standards for credibility that most magazine article and newspaper articles do not, but magazine and newspaper articles are credible sources for some types of writing assignments.
Libraries pay for and provide resources that are electronically accessible but that cannot be found with a Web browser or "on the Internet." Knowing these terms will help as you look for articles in your subject
Abstract Short summary of an article's methods and findings, written to help researchers decide quickly if the article is relevant to their interest
Article Single piece of writing by one or more authors, shorter than a monograph (book), published in a periodical
Citation Publication data for a published item which allows a reader to identify the source; sometimes accompanied by an abstract
Database An electronic collection of publications that allows users to browse individual titles or to search many all at once. Subject databases are often very expensive and not avialable beyond campus, but they are the best way to see what has been done in a field. A database may be either an index or full-text, and might have both kinds of entries
Full-text Includes an electronic copy of the actual article. Depending on the database, the article may be available in HTML format, PDF format (displays the article as it originally appeared in the periodical with, layout and graphics), or both.
Index Lists of article citations which may provide an abstract of an article, but does not provide complete text. Use an index to identify material the library may not own but which you may find in another database or request through ILLiad
Journal A periodical produced for specialists in a particular field, often produced by a scholarly society or academic school; almost always peer reviewed
Limiter Any of several database functions that narrow a results list, often by using controlled terms, dates, or sources
Magazine Commercial periodical publication for interested non-specialists or casual professional reading; rarely peer reviewed, but often a good measure of what matters concern a profession, discipline, or interest group
Newsletter Special-interest periodical of notices and brief summaries of current information, often directed at members of an organization
Peer review An editorial process before an article or book becomes accessible (published), in which writing is judged to be good enough for publication by other people who work in the field; it typically represents a higher standard of ability, accuracy, and professionalism (and therefore reliability and quality) than journalistic or non-peer-reviewed work
Periodical The catch-all term for publications issued on a regular basis, including journals, magazines, newspapers, and newsletters, whether in print or in electronic form