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ENGL 209: Write for Your Life

This guide was updated in November 2019 for Dr. O'Neill's ENGL 209 students.

Finding Trade Journals

A professional or trade journal publishes news and items of interest for people working in an occupation or industry. Try the following search tips to find a trade journal that is relevant to your future career:

1. Search a library database. Some (but not all) databases have trade journals. ProQuest Complete and EBSCO Research databases include many business-oriented databases that have trade journals. Try clicking on Publications, then limit results by source to trade journals and by subject. Don't see anything for your field? Try another database, or check with a librarian.

2. Identify a professional organization for your field, then visit their website to see if they produce any publications. They may also post career info and job openings. Look up your industry in Mergent First Research or IBISWorld to find professional organizations and other industry information.

3. There are many other ways of learning what trade journals are relevant to your field: try talking with practitioners, visiting online forums, or Googling. When you've identified a trade journal you'd like to read, search for the title in the library's Journals List to find out if we subscribe and how you can access it. 

4. Still need help finding or accessing a trade journal? This is a great question to ask a librarian.

Finding career information and job openings

Have a question? Ask a librarian! Call or text 386-747-9028.