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Supporting TH299 and TH401 with Prof. Patricia Sullivan

1. Best Database -- for finding Mariology Articles -- Full text

2. Other Theology Databases -- for finding Articles (note: OTA & NTA require InterLibrary Loan)

3. Additional Databases -- for finding Articles -- Full text

4. Search of ALL our Ebsco Journal/Article Databases (plus books and ebooks)

Click for ► Ebsco Discovery Search for articles on "Virgin Mary"

          -- to limit to scholarly articles only:  at results, change SourceType to "Academic Journals"

         -- once there, change search terms to fit your exact topic... 

How can I tell if an article is scholarly?

How can I tell if an article is scholarly/academic?

Looking at several aspects of the article can help you determine if it's scholarly/academic.


What are the author's credentials? Do they have an advanced degree? Are they a researcher/professor in the subject matter the article is about? 

If the author is a journalist or writer, they are probably writing for a more general audience rather than for scholars.


What does the journal specialize in, and what is it's audience? Scholarly journals often specialize in a specific research topic or range of topics, and their audiences are other scholars and students rather than the general public. However, some scholarly journals have very broad scopes; Science, for example, is a prestigious journal that publishes research in all areas of science.

Examples of scholarly/academic journals: Science, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, Augustinian Studies, MIT Sloan Management Review. You should be able to find information about the scholarly journal on its website. It should have information about what it publishes, often called "Aims & Scope," and about its peer review.


How are the sources cited? 

  • All cited references have full citations. They might be in the form of footnotes at the bottoms of pages or a bibliography at the end of the article.
  • Academic articles have in-text citations (parenthetical or with superscript numbers)
  • In comparison, non-academic articles may just name people the author interviewed or give the title of a report mentioned in the text, but not the full citation.

How specialized is the topic, and how is the article laid out?

  • Does the title say exactly what the article is about?
  • Is there jargon and subject-specific terminology?
  • Is there an abstract? (However, scholarly articles in the humanities often do not have abstracts.)
  • Are there figures like maps, charts, or graphs?

Want a second opinion? Feel free to ask a Librarian at the Reference Desk.

About InterLibrary Loan for Articles requested via various databases -- much faster than books

What do I do when I receive an email about an article/book I ordered through Interlibrary Loan?

We send you emails regarding interlibrary loan requests for many reasons. Be sure to read your email thoroughly to determine why we have contacted you. For example:

  • Your material has been received and you need to pick it up at the circulation desk (books and films) or download it through your ILLiad (interlibrary loan) account (articles).
  • We canceled your request because we found the material in our databases or freely online and provided you a direct link.
  • We canceled your request because we were unable to find a library that could loan the material you requested.

Sample Journal, for articles

Get Full-Text of Articles

If the full text of an article is not available in the database, here are tips for getting it elsewhere:

  • In the databases, click   to see if the full text is:
    • in another database
    • in Geisel Library's collection
    • or if you can request a copy via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Search the journal's name in Journal Finder to see if we have access to the year/volume/issue you need.
  • For more help, ask a librarian or see the FAQ on finding full text:

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