WR 227 Introduction to Technical Writing: Science and Technology Magazines

Science Magazines and Journals

While there are literally thousands of science magazines and journals, here is a list of high quality publications intended for a general audience. The virtue of these publications is clear writing that describes or reports on a topic in very accessible ways not laden with extremely technical language. Articles in these publications can provide excellent grounding on a topic.  Additionally they can be very good sources for keeping up on current developments and trends in a discipline.



The Library subscribes to multiple science and technology databases. Databases exist to help you identify articles on topics within their subject scope.  You can review the comprehensive listing of the Library's databases

Selected databases of interest for technical writers are listed below.

Get Full Text with Find It @ PSU

If the article citation does not include links to the full text, click on the Find it @ PSU  button to check availability. Find it @ PSU is the link to the full text (online or print), that leads  to the full text will appear under View Online. If it is not available, there will be an option to request the article from Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.

Find it at P S U button

If you have an article citation...

You can use an article citation to get the full text. 

Ex.: Baron, R. M., & Kenny, D. A. (1986). The moderator–mediator variable distinction in social psychological research: Conceptual, strategic, and statistical considerations. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 51(6), 1173-1182

Option 1: 

Search the PSU Library using the article title as your search:

known article search in the library catalog


Option 2:

Enter the article title in Google Scholar, then click on Find it @ PSU:

Google Scholar article search



Both methods provide links to the full text article, using the link under online access:

Article online access link



Not available?

Try searching for the journal and then searching or browsing for the article. If the Library does not have access to the volume of the journal needed, submit an article request via Interlibrary Loan.

library catalog search by type for journals


Library catalog journal search