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HIST 250 Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament (Biel): Finding Articles

MSU Library Databases for your Research

Requesting Articles We Don't Own Through Interlibrary Loan

You can search MavScholar to find and request articles from other libraries.  See our Get Articles from Other Libraries guide for detailed instructions.

Scholarly Journal Articles Compared to Magazines

Use the chart below to help you distinguish between scholarly journal articles and popular magazines.





Includes notes and/or bibliography

Few references or no bibliography


Written for experts, shows research

Written for average reader


Usually more than 5 pages

Often less than 5 pages


Few or none; if any, advertising books and other "scholarly" items

Many, often in color


Mostly text and charts

Glossy, many pictures often in color


Usually only available through a library (often via a library's website)

Title can be found at newsstand or through a bookstore


New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Modern History 

Newsweek, Maxim, Time, Good Housekeeping

See also our Differences Between Scholarly Journals & Popular Magazines guide (PDF format).

Journals @ MSU

List of journals available (both print and electonic) from the MSU Library.  This link is most useful when you have a citation for a journal and would like to see if we own it. 

Finding Journal Articles at MSU Guide

See our Journal Articles guide to learn more about finding articles for your research.

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