Scholarly journals (a.k.a. "academic journals") are similar to magazines, in that they publish regular issues. But, unlike the articles in magazines, the articles in scholarly journals are written by scholars, and are meant to be read by other scholars.
Scholarly journals publish various types of articles. Some types of articles are typically peer-reviewed before publication, including all of the following:
Scholarly journals sometimes publish articles that are not peer-reviewed, such as the following:
A database is an electronic collection of journal articles or other documents. Most journals are not available for free. Schools pay subscription fees to give students access to copyrighted content.
Note: Some journals ARE available for free on the Internet. These are called open-access journals, and you can search them using the Directory of Open Access Journals.
UMW pays for subscriptions to approximately 200 databases. High school students may access these databases for free while connected to the Simpson Library Wi-Fi, or while using the guest computers in Simpson Library.
To find articles from peer-reviewed journals, use the main search box on the library homepage. On the search results page, limit your results to "Peer-reviewed journals."
If you aren't at UMW, then you won't be able to access the UMW library databases, but you can still access these free databases: