You can identify a scholarly journal by the following features:
For more help on finding journal articles, take a look at the "Find Articles" module of the library research tutorial. It only takes about 15 minutes to work through this and it could save you hours in the long term!
First find citations by searching databases on your topic. For example,
If you do not know the name of a relevant database, take a look at the list of subjects on the Library's list of databases:
After you've chosen a subject, use any of the databases on the page that loads next for you. (It should be a list of databases that are useful for a particular subject/discipline). Now search a database by keyword or by subject (example: adolescents and smoking). Taking time to think about your keywords will help improve your results.
Evaluate your citations. Look for citations that seem to be from scholarly journals instead of dissertations or book chapters. Some databases permit you to limit your search to scholarly/peer reviewed journals.
If you are searching a fulltext database the entire article may be available for download, email, or to print out. If so, click on the link for the article.
Not all articles are available as fulltext through the web, however. Some articles can only be found in printed journals that the library owns. These are generally located in Current Periodicals (Level 2), if they were published within the last year or so, or in Bound Periodicals (Lower Level).
If you have a journal article citation, you need to check whether TCNJ subscribes to the journal in electronic or print format. You can check this by doing a search for the journal title.
If the library does not own a copy of the journal, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.