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Asian M60W / Religion M60W: Introduction to Buddhism

Article Databases

Journal articles provide in-depth information about current scholarly research.  They summarize, analyze and contextualize the results of this research in order to expand the knowledge base in a given academic area.

Here is a short list of useful articles databases. You can also locate other relevant databases by going to the Library's electronic resources database and looking up article databases by subject area.

 UC-eLinks icon is your friend!

Note that many of these sources only index journal articles—they don't actually have the full text. Use the gold UC-eLinks button to do an automated search to find the full text, or search for the journal title in the UCLA Library Catalog.

Popular vs. Scholarly Articles

It can be challenging to tell the difference between scholarly articles and popular articles in an online database. These resources can help you identify scholarly articles.

Is it peer reviewed?

Peer Review is a process that journals use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship currently available. When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, its appropriateness for the journal, etc.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be useful in identifying books and articles related to your topic. But, be aware of its limitations.

Read more about Google Scholar at