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* MFA Creative Writing Resources: Scholarly Journals & Article Databases

This guide Is a starting point for locating information and for researching literary topics.

How to Get a Copy of an Article

Once you have located a citation for an article in a database, there are several ways to get a copy of the article.

1. If you're lucky, there will be a link to the full-text article right below the citation in the list of the results of your search. The link may be to a PDF or HTML copy, or it may link you to the publisher's web site.

2. There is always an icon that reads below each citation. By clicking on , you can see if our library owns a copy of the journal in which the article is published, or it may provide you with a link to the article in another database.  If so, that link will be highlighted in yellow.  Just follow the link.

3. In the event that the article is not available in full text from the databases, and we do  not have a copy of the journal, then you may order a copy of the article through Interlibrary Loan.  Just fill out the Interlibrary Loan Article Request Form and the article will be mailed to you free of charge.  You may keep the article.  This service may take from 3-10 days, so make sure to start your research early.

MLA Directory of Periodicals

Find Journals by Title


Are you looking for a particular journal?

You can do a quick title search in the library catalog.


Open Access Database


"The aim of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact." Over 3000 journals are housed at the DOAJ. The journals are either peer-reviewed or editorially monitored.

Article Databases for Literature

In order to access from off campus you will be prompted to log in.

Multi-Disciplinary Databases

Other Relevant Article Databases

  Google Scholar (AU free access to subscription articles)

This searches across many scholarly Internet sources, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles.  Google Scholar is especially useful for tracking down or verifying difficult or partial citations. 

Typically one encounters a fee for accessing articles in Google Scholar or other search engines. However, because of  your affiliation with AU and OhioLINK, Google Scholar can directly link you to quality resources . When on campus your search results will immediately indicate if the items are available through OhioLINK.

To show links to OhioLINK Resources from off-campus, you will need to change Google Preferences on your computer.


  • On the Google Scholar page, click "Scholar Preferences."  (The link is to the right of the search box.)
  • In the "Library Links" box, type in "Ohiolink" and click "Find Library."
  • Put check marks in the boxes that appear:

OhioLINK- Find it with OLinks

Open WorldCat - Library Search

  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save Preferences."
  • You may now start searching for articles in Google Scholar. If an article is available full-text through one of our subscription databases, you will see a link that says "Full-Text from OhioLINK OLinks"

Google Scholar (or quick search below)

Google Scholar Search

Selected Scholarly Journals

The majority of these journals have been drawn from our databases. You will be prompted to log in after you click on the journal link.