Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016     Views: 546

The library provides access to both scholarly articles and non-scholarly articles, usually mixed together, so all resources you find should be evaluated to determine if they are scholarly or not.

However, the following are a few tips that will help you find scholarly articles more easily:

  1. You may want to use articles that are published in peer reviewed journals. Peer reviewed journals (also sometimes called refereed journals) include articles that have gone through a process of feedback and iteration. In short, this means that the article was written by an expert, reviewed by other experts in the field who provide feedback, and changed or edited by the author based on the feedback before publication. Articles from peer reviewed journals are considered scholarly.

  2. Try using limiters to find articles published in peer reviewed and/or scholarly journals (all peer reviewed journals are scholarly but not all scholarly journals are peer reviewed). Some of the library's databases allow users to limit search results to articles that are published in peer reviewed and/or scholarly journals. This will go a long way towards helping to narrow down your results and find scholarly articles but can be imperfect, so you should always still evaluate articles you find to ensure that they are considered scholarly.

  3. Try using a database which includes all or mostly scholarly materials. These databases are marked with a Scholarly Icon icon on the A - Z Database List. You can also limit the A -Z Database List to just those that include all or mostly scholarly materials using the "All Database Types" drop down near the top of the list and choosing "Includes Mostly Scholarly Sources". Like tip 2 above, articles from these databases should still always be evaluated to make sure that they are considered scholarly, however.

The following is an overview of some library resources where scholarly articles can be found:

  • You can use the A - Z Database List on the library's homepage to access the list of databases we have and search within them for an article on your topic. Some databases cover a lot of topics (like Academic Search Complete), while others are very subject specific (like Business Source Complete). Use the description under each database to determine if that database is right for your research.

  • You can also use the Multi-Search box on the homepage to find articles, although please note that Multi-Search will bring back both articles and other material types like books, ebooks, DVDs, etc. unless you limit your search to articles only on the results page.

If you are looking for a specific article (meaning that you know the title of the article you need) you can search for it using the Multi-Search box on the library's homepage:

Enter the title of your article in the search box (use quotation marks around the title). Click "Search" and if we have the article you are looking for in our collection, you should see it appear on the results list with information about whether it is available electronically or in print (you may also need to check individual databases as not all database resources are searchable via Multi-Search).

  • You can use the Periodical Finder to search for a journal by title or browse journals by subject, and then search for your topic within the journal online. If you know the title of the journal where your article is published, you can also use the Periodical Finder to search for your journal and then search or browse for your article within that journal (depending upon availability).

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