Before you try to identify a scholarly journal that professionals in a field read or publishing articles in, identify a profession you're interested in. If you need some help, think about your major or what you would like to do after you graduate.
Once you've identified a field or profession, think about things experts in that field or profession are interested in. For example, doctors might specialize in cancer research or pediatrics. You may need to search for journals about specific aspects of a career or profession.
A little vocabulary...popular magazines, trade publications, newspapers and journals are all periodicals. Issues are usually published on a regular schedule. Newspapers may be published daily, magazines weekly and journals monthly. Periodicals can be published in paper form, online, or both.
Next, if you are going to find a scholarly journal for that profession or field, you need to understand what a journal is. View the short video What is a journal and a peer reviewed article?
There are many ways to find journals for a specific area of study or profession. The tabs on this guide walk you through a few ways to do it. Keep these things in mind: