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More Tools for your Research
If you have a citation, find a journal article online here.
If you need to request an article through interlibrary loan, this is where you'll go to download it.
Peer-reviewed journal articles have gone through a special review process (peer review, naturally). This means scholars of a discipline have read an article carefully and determined that it makes a worthwhile contribution and was researched correctly. This is why instructors prefer you to use peer-reviewed articles -- it guarantees that your sources are good ones.
General and Multidisciplinary Databases
When your instructor asks you to use peer-reviewed articles, a database is where you'll find them. There are databases for any subject you can think of, and they'll usually let you limit your search (for example only to peer-reviewed articles, or to articles from the past five years).
The databases on this list are multidisciplinary -- they focus on research from all areas of knowledge. We also have subject-specific databases if you know exactly which field your topic falls into (for example if you're writing about sociology or nursing).
Academic Search Complete
Use this multi-disciplinary database to locate full text articles appearing in scholarly journals, including thousands of peer-reviewed titles.
Use this database to locate full-text articles from scholarly journals. Important: JSTOR is an initiative to store the full-text of important journals in a secure environment. Issues for the current 3-5 years are not available. Subjects cover all aspects of the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
A cross-disciplinary research tool with 30 databases that can be searched together or individually.