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Senior Service College Fellowship Program Research (SSCF)

Guide created for the DAU SSCF program at Aberdeen Proving Ground

Journals (e.g. peer-reviewed) versus popular magazines

Types of periodical articles

Scholarly/academic journals, e.g. Journal of Public Procurement, may be peer-reviewed and provide research findings in a discipline.

Trade publications, like Government Procurement, inform or educate professionals in an industry or management function. 

Popular magazines, like Time, Forbes, and newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, inform or entertain the general public.

Comprehensive business article databases

Comprehensive business article databases

These databases provide broad coverage of business and management topics. These databases are smart choices in which to start your research. 

Business Source Complete - how to search

Business Source Complete covers trade and bsuiness magazines and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. 

Some common subject/keyword search terms for procurement in this database include:    

  • business logistics
  • contracting out
  • defense contracts
  • government contractors
  • government purchasing
  • industrial procurement
  • inventory control
  • inventories
  • logistics
  • manufacturing processes
  • operations management
  • physical distribution of goods
  • public contracts
  • purchasing
  • supply chains
  • supply chain management

A tip sheet that shows how to do a broad search and focus your results by adding additioanl search terms, by publication date and to peer-reviewed journal articles follows.


ABI/Inform is another source for relevant articles including many in full-text from Government Procurement, Supply Chain Europe, and Logistics Manager.  Common subject terms relating to procurement in this database include

  • contract management
  • electronic commerce
  • government contracts
  • government purchasing
  • operations research
  • purchasing
  • purchasing contracts
  • supply chain management

Additional article databases

These databases may provide a different focus for your search. You might use them in addition to one of the comprehensive databases listed above, or if you have a multidisciplinary topic.

Database features: Article full-text, citations, and saving articles to folders

Database features: article full-text, citations, and saving articles to folders

Here are a couple of tip sheets on using advanced features within Webster University Libraries' databases, which include:

  • Full-text: where to locate the full text of an article
  • Cite tool: how to generate a citation, e.g., in APA or MLA format
  • Folder tool: how to save items to EBSCO folders for future use

Looking for a specific article or periodical, e.g Harvard Business Review?

Search the Journal / magazine / newspaper A-Z list to discover if the periodical you seek is one of more than 80,000 titles available full-text online or in print from the library.