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SCOM 3050 Research Methods: Finding Articles

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

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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

I can't find anything on my topic!

Don't Panic!

Try a few different things:

Contact Jill or the Research Support desk if you need help or advice.

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!