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What's a scholarly source?
Scholarly sources (journal articles and often book chapters):
- Are written by scholars/experts in the field, for an audience of other scholars/experts
- Include an abstract, a literature review, a discussion of research methods, and a bibliography
- Are peer-reviewed by other scholars before publication
Many article databases have an Advanced Search that will give you an option to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles.
Using Find It @GSU
Many databases give you only a citation telling you where to find the article, not the article itself.
Click the Find It @ GSU button to open a window with links to the article you need.
- If the article is available through another database, the Find It @ GSU button will take you to links to the article through the other database(s) that have it.
- If the article isn't available through any of our databases, the Find It @ GSU button will take you to a link that says Request item through ILLiad. Clicking that link will get you started with placing an Interlibrary Loan request for the article (which will likely be available to you within 24 hours). (Click here to learn more about Interlibrary Loan)
Lost? Stuck? Too many options? Ask a Librarian for help!
Where to start: recommended databases
Communication & Mass Media Complete
This is a good first stop for nearly any "new media"-related topic. Search articles from communication journals here.
This is our main psychology database. It's useful if your topic covers how people react with new media on a personal level: relationships, perceptions and reactions.
MLA International Bibliography
If your topic has to do with rhetoric, language, or related topics, the MLA database may also have some useful sources.
Provides complete, full-text content in digital humanities and social science from over 120 publishers. Scholarly journals from leading university presses and scholarly societies are indexed and peer-reviewed, and full-text access includes current content from over 400 titles.
I can't find anything on my topic!
Did You Know? Finding Resources in Specific Subject Areas
The library offers you a helpful tool for finding databases by subject area!
On the library's homepage, just below the "Advanced Discover Search," you'll see "Go to Databases by Subject." All of the subject areas taught at GSU are listed in the dropdown menu. Selecting a subject will bring up a list of databases that relate to that subject -- often with several marked as "Best Bets" for getting started finding resources for that topic.
Selecting "African American Studies" here
gets you to this:
Interdisciplinary Article Databases available @ GSU
These article databases cover a broad range of topics. Academic Search Complete is a good starting point for current events and related topics.
To see all of our databases, use our A-Z list. To see a list of databases recommended for Communication, click here!
Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete provides complete coverage of multidisciplinary academic journals. The collection includes peer-reviewed journals, full-text periodicals, reports, and books, for STM research, the Social Sciences, Humanities, and other areas of academic studies. PDF content dates back as far as 1887.
Provides in-depth coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy dating back to 1991.
This database provides one-stop access to more than 4,000 periodicals from one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases ProQuest has to offer. Search from a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications and magazines covering over 150 academic disciplines.
Web of Science
Web of Science provides seamless access to the Science Citation Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index as well as Book Citation Index and Conference Proceedings Citation Index.
Dissertations & Theses A&I
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I provides a comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1743 to the present day. Thousands of new dissertations and theses are added each year. For dissertations done in 1997 and later, PDFs of some titles are available.
A digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. It offers an interdisciplinary journal archive across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The archive offers an interlinked aggregation of scholarly works as well as long-term preservation.