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Your instructor may have asked you to use scholarly articles for your assignment. A scholarly article is simply an article published in a journal run by scholars, which has undergone the process of peer-review (where other scholars review the information before it can be published). 

You can find scholarly articles by using our library databases. Not sure which to use? Use the options provided on the database list to narrow down by subject.

Academic Search Complete is always a great database to start with, because it collects articles in every scholarly area. But always check out other databases as well, because they might have that perfect article.

To search a database, use the same keywords you created in step 2. Most databases, like Academic Search Complete, will have options on the left-hand side of the page to narrow down your results to a much manageable number of articles.

  • Full Text: Selecting this button will limit your results to only articles that the database carries the entire text of, instead of only a citation to the article. It's always good to click this button first. Find a perfect article that isn't available in full text? Let us know and we will get it via Interlibrary Loan
  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed): Selecting this button will return only articles that have been through that peer review process. Look at the assignment instructions and see if your professor is requiring you to only use scholarly articles.
  • Publication Date: Using the publication date slider will let you narrow down based on the date of publication. It's generally a good idea to search for articles from the past 10 years. If you're doing research in a field that changes rapidly (such as medicine), consider narrowing it down to the past 5 years.
  • Source Type: Using the options here will let you choose the type of source the articles come from (academic journal, newspaper, magazine).

Results screen from Academic Search Complete


Once you've completed this, it's time for Step 5: Evaluate Your Sources.