Answered By: Jason Puckett
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2016     Views: 165

One easy way to get started is to use the Discover search on the library home page. Enter search terms related to your topic, then check off "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" on the results page.

Another way is to choose a database that's relevant to your research topic. Use the drop-down Databases by Subject menu to get some starting points, or contact your subject librarian if you need some guidance.

Most of the library's databases include scholarly journal articles. There's often an indication whether an article is scholarly or peer-reviewed: It may be marked "Academic Journal," or indicated with an icon or other indicators.

In some cases you'll have to determine for yourself whether an article is a scholarly source, based on the journal in which it is published, or by looking at characteristics such as the bibliography, abstract, or other aspects of the article.  Another way is to search for the journal title (NOT the article title) in Ulrich's, a database of journals.  Look for the referee icon next to your title to indicate that the journal is referred (aka scholarly, peer-reviewed, academic).