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POLI 2469: Politics of Japan and Korea

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Journal Articles

Course guide for politics of Japan and Korea

Journal Article Databases

Working Papers & Grey Literature

What are Scholarly Journal Articles?

  • Scholarly journal articles are written by expert scholars on a specific aspect of their field of study
  • The articles contain original research and analysis which contributes to knowledge in the field
  • Authors rely on evidence and the findings of other scholars to create the arguments and conclusions in their articles; many reference are cited by the author(s)
  • The articles are published in scholarly journals produced by university presses and academic publishers
  • Most articles undergo a peer-review process, where scholars assess the value, credibility and quality of the author's work to determine if it meets established standards for publication

Working papers

Why use working papers for research? line drawing of a report

  • Working papers allow scholars and analysts to share and discuss new ideas and arguments with their peers
  • Scholars may produce a working paper as a precursor to publishing a scholarly journal article 

Note: Working papers do not undergo the traditional publication process of a scholarly journal.  

Where's the Article?

If you search a database and the full article's not there, don't despair.  Look for the "FindIt" button:  or FindIt@BC.  Find It will offer help including:

  1. If BC has the full text in another database, you will be taken to a list of databases for the full text. 
  2. If BC subscribes to the print journal where the article appeared, the Catalog will say Find in Library and you can check which library or libraries may have the year/issue you need and where it is located.
  3. If the article is not available online or in print at BC, use the link to Request the item. We can usually get the article from another library within a few days and email it to you.