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Research: Step by Step


Find Articles

Need a scholarly article or an article in a peer-reviewed journal.

Scholarly articles or peered-review are:

  • Written by experts – look for the author’s credentials or affiliations.
  • Written for other experts or people in academia.
  • Use scholarly language with technical terms, discipline-specific vocabulary.
  • Provide a bibliography of sources used in their research.
  • The articles may be peered-reviewed. Many journals go through an editorial process where other experts review and assess the information. 

You can find scholarly articles by using our A-Z  database list found:

Example of a Search using Academic Search Complete

  • To search the database, use the keywords you developed in step 2.
  • Most databases will allow you to limit or refine your search.

Limiting your Search

  • Full Text: Selecting this button will limit your results to only articles that you can read in full.
  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed): Selecting this button will return only articles that have been through that peer review process.
  • Publication Date: Using the publication date slider will let you narrow down based on the date of publication
  • Source Type: Using the options here will let you choose the type of source the articles come from (academic journal, newspaper, magazine).

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Interlibrary Loan

If during your search process, you find amazing articles that don't include the fulltext, you can use our Interlibrary Loan service to request articles from other libraries.