Databases contain thousands of scholarly and professional articles from past and present. Use keywords to search for research, reports, and other scholarship about higher education. Please know that some of these databases also contain articles about the K-12 environment, so include keywords like "higher education" or college in your searches. Depending on your program emphasis consider these subject-specific databases in Sports, Business, or Communication.
The Library specially subscribes to these scholarly, academic journals. To access, go to Journals A-Z on the Library Homepage and type in the title name to gain access.
Review of Higher Education
Journal of College and Character
Journal of the First Year Experience New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
New Directions for Community Colleges
New Directions for Evaluation
New Directions for Higher Education
New Directions for Institutional Research
New Directions for Student Leadership
New Directions for Student Services
New Directions for Teaching and Learning
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Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher Name. DOI (if available)
Stoneman, R. (2008). Alexander the Great: A life in legend. Yale University Press.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In E. E. Editor & F. F. Editor (Eds.), Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (pp. pages of chapter). Publisher. DOI (if available)
Armstrong, D. (2019). Malory and character. In M. G. Leitch & C. J. Rushton (Eds.), A new companion to Malory (pp. 144-163). D. S. Brewer.
Journal Article with DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages. https://doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyy
Baniya, S., & Weech, S. (2019). Data and experience design: Negotiating community-oriented digital research with service-learning. Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement, 6(1), 11–16. https://doi.org/10.5703/1288284316979
Journal Article without DOI
Denny, H., Nordlof, J., & Salem, L. (2018). "Tell me exactly what it was that I was doing that was so bad": Understanding the needs and expectations of working-class students in writing centers. Writing Center Journal, 37(1), 67–98. https://www.jstor.org/stable/26537363
Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL
Price, D. (2018, March 23). Laziness does not exist. Medium. https://humanparts.medium.com/laziness-does-not-exist-3af27e312d01
Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of article. Title of Publication. URL
Richards, C. (2019, December 9). Best music of 2019: Lana Del Rey sings lullabies about the end of America. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/best-music-of-2019-lana-del-rey-sings-lullabies-about-the-end-of-america/2019/12/06/6e82c5ec-15d8-11ea-a659-7d69641c6ff7_story.html
If the source doesn't come from a site with an associated newspaper, italicize the title of the article, but leave the name of the site unformatted.
Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of article. Name of publishing website. URL
Jones, J. (2020, May 10). Why flats dominate Spain's housing market. BBC. https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20200506-why-do-flats-dominate-spains-housing-market
Last Name, F. M. [Username]. (Year, Month Date). Title of video [Video]. Streaming Service. URL
McDonnell, C. [charlieissocoollike]. (2017, May 17). Stop procrastinating [Video file]. YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/charlie#p/u/4/qjIsdbBsE8g
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