After you finish your research for your school paper, you will notice you have several sources obtained from research journal articles. Journal articles are great sources for finding current sources. Your college offers free access to several databases, such as ProQuest or JSTOR. If you don’t have access through your school, ask the reference librarian at your local library to help you. The best journal articles to use for your research are those published through a double-blind peer reviewed process.
Open Access Journals
Open Access journals provide free access to journals published internationally on many subjects. The Directory of Open Access Journals supplies free access to over ten thousand journals from 130 countries. This is an excellent resource for any high school or college student looking for information on subjects from oceanography to social justice. Elsevier provides free downloads to open access journal articles through Science Direct.
Traditionally, scholarly journals were published in print format, which are accessible in public, academic or law libraries. With the advent of online sources, you may find journal articles online or both in print and on the web.
Print Journal Article Entries
Creating bibliography entries for scholarly journal articles is simple. Make sure to include the page range of the article you are using for your source. The title of the article is placed with quotes, and the title of the journal is italicized.
Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. “Title of Article: Subtitle of Article.” Title of Journal Volume Number, Issue Number (Date of Publication): YY-YY.
For multiple authors, follow the same format as books. The first author’s name is listed in last name, first name format and the following authors are listed first name, last name.
Online Journal Articles
If you find an online journal article, use the same format as above but add the website link to the end of the entry.
Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. “Title of Article: Subtitle of Article.” Title of Journal Volume Number, Issue Number (Date of Publication): YY-YY. URL.
By following the Notes-Biblio style to create your preliminary bibliography for your school paper, then reviewing the nine elements you need to include in your entry, you will have an easy time putting together your final bibliography.