How do I find a scholarly article?

asked Mar 29, 2012 by guest
retagged Mar 30, 2012 by Jeff

1 Answer

The easiest way to find a good selection of scholarly articles is to use the library's Research Databases. You can check a database's description to see if it includes scholarly articles.

If you use a database like Academic Search Complete, you have a few different ways to get to scholarly articles. After you do a search, look on the left for ways to limit your results to scholarly articles, and also check the icon next to the article title.

Ebsco screenshot showing scholarly and academic journal limiters

Other databases that have lots of scholarly articles include JSTOR and ScienceDirect.

Make sure that the article is more than a few pages—academic journals sometimes have editorials and other short pieces that aren't really what you're looking for.

If you need more information, the library has created a "Is it Scholarly?" library guide.

answered Mar 30, 2012 by JeffK
edited Jul 4, 2016 by JeffK

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