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Scholarly Sources: Locating Scholarly Journals/Articles

    Where can I find a scholarly article?

    How do I find out if a journal is peer reviewed?


The Library OneSearch filter for scholarly and peer-reviewed materials is useful for finding articles. Enter your search terms and click the Search button.  Once the search returns your results, click the Peer-Review Journals filter on the left side.  This will refresh your search results, narrowing them down to only scholarly articles.

Screenshot of Library OneSearch results with Peer-reviewed Journals filter highlighted.



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Some of the databases you have access to through the University have similar filters.  Most EbscoHost databases have them (examples include CINAHL, Humanities Source, and America: History and Life, among many others).  Many Gale databases have a peer review filter included in the advanced search options (examples: Opposing Viewpoints in Context or Something About the Author), and some ProQuest databases have one right under the main search box (ERIC, ProQuest One Business, and PsycINFO are a few of your ProQuest options).


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Google Scholar has its own definition of what constitutes “scholarly”, and it isn’t exactly clear what that definition is -- but if you do want to use it, it should come up with resources that include both books and journal articles.  If you want to be able to get the sources you find with Google Scholar at the library, make sure you access it through the library’s Databases page.  Doing so will allow you to use Get it @ Kresge links, either to find a copy in our holdings or to request it from another library.


If you have further questions or want help locating scholarly materials, please Ask a Librarian!

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