Use the following tutorials to learn more about how to locate articles in journal and other periodical sources.
A peer reviewed journal article is an article that has been reviewed and chosen for publication by the author's professional peers. These peers are scholars in the field, who sit on the editorial board of a journal which is usually published by a professional organization or a university press. Peer reviewed articles can also be known as scholarly or refereed articles.
BrowZine is an app that allows you to browse, read, and monitor many of the library's scholarly journals in a "newsstand" format:
Google Scholar is another tool that can be used to help you research. It is a way to search for material such as articles in scholarly journals, dissertations, books, abstracts, court opinions, technical reports, patents and many other document types. You still need to evaluate the sources you find in Google Scholar because not everything is scholarly material. If used on-campus, Google Scholar will provide you with links to articles available through the library's subscription article databases. You can use the same search techniques with Google Scholar as you would when searching an article database.
Need to locate an online version of an article for which you already have the citation? Try the library's
1. For off-campus access, enter your Campus ID and Password at the prompt.
2. Use the Advanced Search option within the database you are using to achieve the best results.
3. Keep your search terms brief and concise.
4. Check your spelling. Library databases do not correct spelling errors.
5. If your first set of search terms doesn't retrieve any results, try using synonyms or alternate terms that describe your topic.
6. You can search for different forms of a word (different word endings of the same word), by typing the first few letters followed by an asterisk. Example:
7. Use double quotation marks around two or more words to search as a phrase. Example:
8. Use the connecting words AND and OR to narrow or broaden your search. Examples:
9. You can create more complex searches by using the words AND and OR in combination with parentheses. Example:
10. If don’t see a full-text link (HTML full text or PDF), try clicking on the
button to determine whether the article you need is available full-text in another database. If it is, the Find-It service will direct you to the article.