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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015     Views: 86

Here are step-by-step instructions for finding a scholarly article:

  1. First, click on the Databases tab from our home page: OR click on the Start Your Research tab and select the subject you are searching in.
  2. Choose a database.
    Note:Look for EBSCO, ProQuest, FirstSearch, WilsonWeb or Elsevier in the name of the
    database--all of these databases have an option to limit your search to scholarly articles.
  3. Enter your search terms in the search box(es).
  4. Find the checkboxes labeled "scholarly", "peer-reviewed", "academic", or "refereed". These will usually be located below the search box.
  5. Check the checkbox.
  6. Hit the search button.
    All the articles you find this way will be considered scholarly.

IMPORTANT: Stay away from Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Book Reviews and similar items. THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE SOURCES FOR A RESEARCH PAPER, EVEN IF THEY ARE FROM A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL.

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