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Foundations of Academic Literacy (FAL): Books & articles

Books and articles

Use Library Search or the Library Catalogue  to quickly find books and articles on your topic:

  • Use a truncation symbol (*), if needed, to get variations of the same word (e.g. if you type in pollut*, you will get back pollution, polluted, pollute, polluters).
  • Write down the call numbers of books and keep track of citations to books and articles you used for your paper.

See the Library Catalogue search guide for more tips.

Finding journal articles

See How to find journal articles for basic and advanced strategies for finding journal articles, or try the resources below:

General databases

Academic Search Complete
Search for almost any topic in academic journals, magazines, and other resources from Canada and around the world.

Canadian Points of View 
Start here for research on controversial subjects. With articles covering more than 100 topics, this database presents multiple sides of current issues, including overviews, points, and counterpoints.

CBCA (Canadian Business & Current Affairs) Complete
Canadian coverage of current events, business, science, the arts, and academic information. Includes newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.

Newspaper articles

Subject-specific databases

Search subject-specific databases to find journal articles and other information on specific topics.  See SFU Library databases and then Browse databases by subject area.  

Learn more about journals and journal articles

What is a journal article?
Includes sample pages from an academic journal.

What is a scholarly (or peer-reviewed) journal?
Includes definitions, and how to tell if a journal is scholarly or popular.