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MSE: Senior Design Project Course Guide: Journal Articles

Journal Articles

Journal articles can help you delve deeper into your topic than books and encyclopedias.  Review articles will give you an overview of the state of a field over a period of time (pay attention to the publication date; they go out-of-date quickly).  Research articles tell you exactly how a scientist performed his or her experiments and interpreted the results.

These resources help you find journal articles in various fields related to your projects.

More Information About Journal Articles

Finding Full-Text

So, you've found an article in a database and now you want to read the full text. Look for the PennText link or button in the article's detailed record.

Click on PennText to open a page with options for obtaining the full-text (see below for a screen capture).

  1. If it is available online, there will be a link you can follow to the journal.
  2. If it's not available online, follow the second link to check the Franklin Catalog to see if it is available in print.
  3. If it's not found in Franklin, use the third option to submit a request for the item through Interlibrary Loan.