Books, sometimes also called texts or monographs, are relatively lengthy works, often on a single topic. They may be print or electronic.
Search for books using the Library catalogue, called Novanet. The Novanet search box can be found on the Libraries' homepage: libraries.dal.ca
The words journal, serial, and periodical are often used to refer to the same type of resource -- a publication that is issued on a regular schedule, for example every week (like Newsweek), every month (like National Geographic), or every year (like the Annual Review of Anthropology).
Journals can be popular (like People, Psychology Today), or scholarly/academic. Scholarly or academic journals are collections of articles written by professors, researchers, or experts in a given field.
If articles in a journal undergo a review process by other experts in a particular field of study, prior to publication, these articles are known as peer-reviewed.
Peer-reviewed journal articles go through a checking or verification process before they are published. Other experts in the same field of study as that of the article, examine the article's content to make sure it is valid and correct before the article is published. Articles that have gone through this validation process are known as peer-reviewed articles.
This is a visual image of the peer-review process:
Google Scholar is easy to use and searching is familiar since most of us use Google.
You can set up Google Scholar to link to the Dalhousie Libraries' electronic resources so that you have access to fulltext.
Now when you do a search, you will see links like this next to entries, when full text is available: