Academic articles

Find information on what academic articles are, how to read them and where do you find those academic articles
for your assignment or project research.

What do you get from an academic article?

Academic articles deal with topics at a higher academic level than newspaper articles. The world is described based on scientific research and data collection - eg. a study of which business models works best for sharing economy enterprises.

The research is more in-depth than if it were researched by a media company - and is a valid basis for your own empirical data (your field work). Academic articles are difficult to read - learn “how to read an academic article” in a  video further down the page.

Where can you find academic articles?

Business Academy Aarhus subscribes to the article database EBSCO Business Source Complete and links to several other professionally oriented article databases (learn more in the menu 'E-resources') where you can search for and download research articles. Academic articles often cost money to read.

Business Academy Aarhus has purchased a license for the EBSCO Business Source Complete article database and links to several other professionally oriented article databases, where you can search for and download research articles.

Google's little brother, Google Scholar, links to material from publishers and educational institutions - e.g. books, undergraduate projects and academic articles.

Video: How to read academic articles

It's not the same as a textbook, or a novel - to be efficient, you'll need to read it in a specific way. How to read efficiently see short video below.

Not all articles are free and full text - then what?

Unfortunately, there is not always free and full access to all texts (this can also happen with EBSCO and other specialized databases), and then what?

  • The principle 'Move Your Butt' is fast and effective: Visit an Aarhus University library department. The university has a huge amount of academic database licences - and you can use those as well when working from an AU library.
  • You may find articles by copying the title (remember to put the title in "quotation marks") and search on e.g. Google. Not Google Scholar, just Google. Remember to also check if Academia can be accessed; free access, if you create a profile.
  • A lot of research papers are published under an Open Access license, meaning they are free (for the reader). The easiest way to find a legal article in full text is to install the browser extension 'Unpaywall'. Links to a title - if it's free somewhere, Unpaywall shows a green or yellow open padlock to the right. Click to download. If there is no free article, the padlock is grey and locked.