Articles are smaller in scope than books and can therefore focus on more particular aspects of a given topic. Since articles are faster to produce and publish, the most up-to-date research often appears in this form.
Articles in scholarly journals are peer-reviewed—that is to say, they have gone through an anonymous formal vetting and editing process—whereas articles in magazines or newspapers are accepted at the discretion of a single editor.
There are hundreds of scholarly journals relevant to History. The following are a few journals, to which Queen's Library subscribes:
The Historical Journal
Journal of Contemporary History
Journal of Family History
Journal of Interdsiciplinary History
Journal of Modern History
Past and Present
War in History
Use an article index to find journal articles on your topic, as well as other materials related to history.
Some will contain the full text of journals but if the full text is not readily available, click on .
If the "Get It" link does not find anything, don't assume that the Library does not hold the item. A search in QCAT for the title of the journal (or book) might find it.
If clicking on a full text link does not take you directly to the article, you will need to navigate a bit to get the article you want - depending on the resource provider.
Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic.
But not all journal articles will be useful for your essay so you will need to evaluate before you use them.
Consult our guide, Distinguishing Scholarly from Non Scholarly Periodicals, to discover the difference.