Technical Communication: Journal and magazine articles
Databases for finding journal articles
In addition to using a search engine such as Google Scholar to identify journal articles, effective researchers also rely on subject-specific databases that focus on particular disciplines. When you use a disciplinary database to identify articles, more of your results are going to be directly relevant to your topic.
PSU Library subscribes to hundreds of databases. On almost all of the Library's subject guides, there will be a page identifying the databases that are important for that subject. Use these to help you navigate to databases in your field.
Once you've found articles using the database, click the link to get to the full text of the article.
Selected Databases of Interest
Searching for a Known Article Video: PSU Library Catalog
Technical Communication Journals
Database searching is the most efficient way to find an unknown article on a specific topic. But browsing through disciplinary journals can deepen your knowledge of your field and can allow you to discover topics you didn't know the words for. Some researchers refer to this method as 'searching by hand'. Below is a list of major technical communications journals.