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Thoroughly discuss the findings/results/positions of twopeer-reviewed scholarly articles (outside of required readings) from social science journals.
Explain how findings/results/discussions of the peer-reviewed articles support your argumentative thesis.
Note: magazine articles, newspaper articles, Wikipedia entries, blog posts, conference papers, institutional reports, dissertations, and similar documents are not peer-reviewed, though you should use and cite them as sources when necessary to contextualize your discussion.
EASY Off Campus Access to Journals/Articles
Install and login to the Cisco AnyConnect VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer so that you are logged into the GSU network and will be automatically routed to GSU-subscribed journals. It’s available for download and instructions for using on the following platforms are available here: Windows | Mac | Android | Apple iOS
NOTE: There's a point where the directions tell you to enter secureaccess.gsu.edu as what to connect to.
Getting to Articles from Databases
1: Look for a "Full-Text" or "PDF" link that will take you directly to the article. If yes, great. If not, go to #2.
2: Look for the FINDIT @ GSU button. Click on it. If the journal title shows up, click the link to see what the online availability is. If not, go to #3.
3: If you see the "Sorry, no electronic full text is available" message, click the link below it that says "We may have a copy in print." If yes, go to the library to copy the article. If we do not have it in print, go to #4.
4: Request the article you need through interlibrary loan -- typically arrive within 1 day, so definitely worth trying!
Scholarly vs. Popular Articles Tutorial
Tutorial on strategies for discerning whether an article is SCHOLARLY or POPULAR:
START HERE to Find Peer-Reviewed Articles
These databases are good to search, regardless of your specific topic:
You can search all of the above simultaneously: Click on Academic Search Complete, then, before doing your search, click the Choose Databases link, checkbox the other relevant databases for your research topic, and click OK.
To limit to peer-reviewed journal articles: On search results page, at left side in the Limit To area, click Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals to limit your search to peer-reviewed/scholarly journals.
Keep an eye out for subject headings in your results -- sometimes they give you just the right keyword to search for, or even clicking on them may take you to other relevant sources.
To see the fulltext links for GSU:On Google Scholar main page, click the menu icon in the top left of the screen, then click Settings, then at next screen click Library Links, search for Georgia State University, checkbox Georgia State University - FullText @ GSU, then click save. Then when looking at search results, instead of clicking the article title to try to access it, click on FullText @ GSU link to be routed through GSU-access (you might have to click a double-arrow under the citation to see all the options).
Search these other databases if relevant to your topic: