Just like with books, there are several ways to find and access scholarly articles and dissertations. However, your best place to start is in Summon.
When conducting your research, it is important for you to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles. Databases are used to find and identify articles from peer-reviewed journals and other types of documents.
Journal articles are usually referred to as "scholarly," while magazine articles are commonly considered "popular."
Consider these points when differentiating between journals and magazines:
|Criteria||Scholarly Journal||Popular Magazine/Blog/Online Publication|
|Audience||Academics and/or Researchers, Professionals||General Public|
|Authors||Experts and/or Specialists||Journalists and/or Freelance Writers|
|Editorial Review/Peer Review||Journal Editorial Board and peer reviewers||Professional Editors|
|Reference/Works Cited||Yes||Not always required or provided|
Although Summon is a great place to start, there are other database options - especially for history specific research.