5 ways to search peer reviewed journals

Are you freaking out about your papers yet? I’m freaking out about my papers. If you aren’t freaking out about your papers yet, you should. Like, start now.

I think I should take the opportunity to peg down the imminent freak out: I know all the best ways to get peer reviewed journals (aka scholarly articles) at the Library. Let me show you the 5 best ways to get those articles in today’s five on five.

  1. EBSCO Host search

On the homepage, right in the middle, is a panel with six searching options; the third over is the one to which I will direct your attention: EBSCO databases.

The reason why this search option is so amazing is twofold: first it directly links you to all sorts of academic articles with just a search term, and, secondly, the engine is pre-set to only search peer reviewed articles. That means no second guessing; all the information pulled up is perfect research material for your paper.

2. “Other” databases

EBSCO databases are a great catch-all reference, but if you’re looking for something more specific on art, psychology, business etc… using a different search will be much more lucrative. Scroll down to research help, and select “other databases.” This selection will bring you a list of all our other databases not sponsored by EBSCO Host. These databases include Gale, Artstor, ProQuest, and many more. For each of these engines you’ll have to specifically select that it only shows results that are peer reviewed. Selecting full text is a great idea too, so you can be sure you’ll have access to the full article.

3. Google Scholar

This search available on the home screen panel is a really great place to find information you can’t find in a traditional database search. Google Scholar is a special Google search in which results are found ranging from full text articles, to citations and book reviews. BEWARE: not all this material will be freely available online, but it will all be research acceptable as peer reviewed in a paper – that’s what makes it a SCHOLARly search. Anything that is not available online you can request from ILL or MOBIUS.

3. Journals available online

So, after you’ve done your Google Scholar search I bet you found a lot of really great articles, but not in full text. Well, all you need is the articles’ citation and you can find it on our databases. Find under that research help heading “Journals Available Online.” This brings you to a place where you simply search the title of the journal and access the full text via a link to one of the databases. This search is ideal if you know the Journal, the year, and issue/volume

5. Old Fashion

Don’t forget, we do have a ton of journals physically available in our library, and back issues freely available dating back at least 30 years. We do have some older issues, but you’ll need to fill out an ILL request for those. You can find all our available issues just past the coffee shop and also past the computers. Copy machine is in the Reference Room!!

I hope this helps you not freak out so much about those papers and all that research.


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