Find citations of journal articles or book chapters on your topic in an article index or subject-related database. Use the web proxy to access electronic journals and databases from off-campus.
Nota bene: Once you find a useful citation, search QCAT for the source journal or book title containing the article you need: i.e the title of the whole book or the whole journal in which the article can be found.
Some databases provide PDF full text articles, or contain links to the full text if it is available via other databases in our collection. Look for the
Can't find the article you need at Queen's either in print or electronically? Try RACER, our interlibrary loan service. But remember to start your research early!
America: History and Life (covers also native populations in Canada, U.S., Mexico)
Art Abstracts (index to scholarly journal articles on art and related disciplines (anthropology, architecture, design, video art, etc.)
Art Index Retrospective (index to scholarly art journals and other materials published prior to 1985. Can be searched simultaneously with Art Abstracts)
ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) (indexes writing and research on all forms of modern and contemporary art)
Canadian Business and Current Affairs Database (selective full-text newspaper and journal articles covering current events, business, science, the arts and academic information produced in Canada)
Film Index International (stories and bibliographical references on films. No Get it @ Queens button so need to look up references individually in QCAT)
Gender Studies Database (interdisciplinary topics related to gender studies)
Historical Abstracts (comprehensive index to the world's historical literature (except Canada and the United States) from 1450 to the present. Indexes journal articles, selected books and dissertations).
International Bibliography of Art (IBA, continues BHA) (European art since late antiquity; American art since the colonial period; global art since 1945; fine art in all media; decorative arts and antiques; museum studies and conservation; archaeology and material culture; folk art; architectural history)
IBSS: International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (areas include anthropology, art, cultural studies, gender studies, geography, race and ethnic studies, religious studies, sociology)
International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance (selective articles with full-text)
MLA International Bibliography (comprehensive index to scholarly writing on literature, language, linguistics, literary criticism, folklore, drama, literary genres, etc.)
Music Index Online (citations to historiographic, ethnographic and musicological information, including music personages, the history of music, forms and types of music, musical instruments from the earliest times to modern electronic instruments, and computer-produced music)
Playwrights Canada Press (170+ plays from Canadian playwrights)
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (comprehensive, scholarly, international index to music literature, from Western and Eastern classical to pop, folk, and jazz)
Journal articles are important as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic.
Consult our guide Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals, to help evaluate whether an article is peer-reviewed—i.e., if it has gone through an anonymous formal vetting and editing process—or decide which journal articles will be useful for your essay.
See Evaluating, Writing and Citing for other information on evaluating sources.
JSTOR (ejournal archive to entire "backrun" of many core academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, business, and law, from v. 1 to within 2-5 years of current volume).
Project MUSE (project providing digital humanities and social sciences content since 1995 from leading university presses and scholarly societies)