Module Three


periodical shelves

For the most current information, you will need to use periodicals. Many recent print copies are found in the periodicals area of the library. Most often, though, you will find articles electronically in one of our subscription databases. Unlike print copies, they are never lost, damaged, or overdue, and can be accessed from any computer, day or night. Databases such as ProQuest, EBSCOhost, MasterFile Complete, JSTOR Business Collection, and others, contain thousands of full text articles which may be printed out or emailed. Some articles are available in the databases as abstracts or citations only, but the full text may be requested through interlibrary loan.

The online databases contain articles from all types of periodicals including newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Most likely, you will be required to use articles from scholarly journals for your research papers. Many times you will be required to use articles from peer reviewed journals. Just what is a peer reviewed journal, how is it different from a scholarly journal, and how can you locate articles from these journals?

How to Find Scholarly Articles and Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly journals publish articles from experts in the field that are directed toward an academic audience. Scholarly journals are published by academic organizations and their main purpose is to report research in the field. Peer reviewed (refereed) journals publish articles that have undergone review by a panel of scholars in the field before being accepted for publication.

All peer reviewed journals are scholarly, but not all scholarly journals are peer reviewed.

The journal databases all have a Scholarly Journals option. Look for this limiter and mark it before you search to guarantee that all the articles that come up in your results list are from scholarly journals. In EBSCOhost, you will notice that this limiter is called Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. This is a bit confusing as it actually means scholarly journals, including peer reviewed, so your results list will include articles from peer reviewed journals and also articles from scholarly journals that are not peer reviewed. ProQuest databases have both a Scholarly Journals option and a Peer Reviewed option.

One way to determine whether the scholarly article that you chose is peer reviewed is to check it in Ulrichsweb, which is a periodical directory and one of the library Databases. Type in the name of the journal and read the description, or mouse over the icon next to the title, to determine if it is scholarly (academic) or peer reviewed (refereed). As with all library subscription databases, you must be logged in to use Ulrichsweb from off campus. You can also go to the website of the journal for this information.

The next few pages will demonstrate how to locate and retrieve articles in EBSCOhost.

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