Articles are found in periodicals, which are publications issued at regular intervals, such as academic journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Christiansen Memorial Library provides you with access to the articles in these types of periodicals through physical copies and through electronic databases like EBSCOhost, ProQuest and SAGE

These databases make searching for the articles you need much quicker than flipping through journal after journal trying to find something relevant to your topic.

For more help, click on the following links to short video tutorials on how to use EBSCOhost and ProQuest.


In order of religious scholarship and comprehension difficulty, SAGE provides access to the most scholarly periodical articles. ProQuest is second with a good number of scholarly titles available in full-text along with some general religious periodicals. EBSCOhost is the least comprehensive scholarly database we have access to, but still has a number of scholarly titles available.
It is always a good practice to read the description or prospectus of a given periodical to get a feeling for its complexity, scholarship and theological leaning.

As always, if you need help or a recommendation on which databases to choose, see the appropriate Research Guide or ask the librarian.


The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals not available in EBSCOhost. 

Click here to search DOAJ for free access to articles on your topic! Searching on DOAJ is very similar to searching on EBSCOhost.
DOAJ journal titles include:
Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory
Journal for the Study of Religions and Ideologies
Journal of Global Buddhism
Journal of Hebrew Scriptures
Journal of Religion and Society
Middle East Review of International Affairs
South Asian Journal
Studies in Jewish-Christian Relations
... and thousands more!


On the search page of the database you're using, look for the options to limit your results by scholarly journal, peer-reviewed journals, industry publications, or other similar options.
Here's a brief overview of the types of periodicals you'll run into:
Academic journals  

(also known as scholarly, refereed, or peer-reviewed journals)

Written for academics and professionals

Written by researchers or scholars in the field

Examples: The Christian Education Journal, Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Trade magazines

(also known as industry magazines)

Written for industry professionals

Written by staff writers or industry professionals

Example: Youthworker

General interest magazines   Written for the general public

Written by staff or freelance writers

Includes current events and special features

Example: Christianity Today

Written for the general public

Written by staff writers and freelance journalists

Includes current events and special features

Examples: New York Times, Wall Street Journal

Portions of this page taken from Johnson & Wales University.



Depending on the database you are using, articles may be displayed in different formats:

  • Index: Includes only the article citation (author, title, date, etc.).  Neither a summary nor the full-text of the article are available.
  • Abstract: Includes the citation and a summary of the article's content. It does not include the full-text article.
  • Full-text: Includes the citation and full-text article. This may be in HTML, PDF, or both formats.


1. Write down the citation of the article in it's entirety.
Example: Sarot, Marcel. "Pastoral Counseling and the Compassionate God." Pastoral Psychology 43.3 (1995): 185-190.
2. Check the library catalog to see if we have the journal in print. 
Example: Search Pastoral Psychology as a title.  If the title of the journal is listed the library has a copy of the journal.
3. Go to the back of the library and find the journal in the journals holdings located on the back side of the Reference section. Journals are organized alphabetically by title.

The most current issue of journals and magazines are on the display shelves by the Circulation Desk.

If the journal article you're looking for is from a year other than the current year, it's likely to be in the journal holdings area.

4. Once you've found the shelves that have the journal title, look for the volume and/or year on the journal storage box.

5. Once you've found the volume, look inside for the correct issue; within the issue, find the page numbers you're looking for.
6. Although these journals cannot be taken out of the library, you're welcome to make a copy of the article on the copy machine for a minimal fee.

Note: In the event that the library does not have the journal or specific volume you're looking for and you're fairly confident that the article would be key for your paper, contact the Public Library with the entire citation and ask if they can get the article from another library. 

The turnaround time for this is usually a few days, so don't wait until the last minute!