How do I find peer-reviewed or scholarly articles?


The library provides access to hundreds of thousands of articles through our library databases and subscriptions. Here are three ways to find them:

Use OneSearch

The quickest way to search across most of the articles available through the library is to use OneSearch.

Start on the library homepage. In the OneSearch box, enter some keywords for your topic and choose "Search Now."

The OneSearch box on the library homepage

Your initial search will include many kinds of library resources, possibly books, videos, government publications, and other items. Choose the filter for "Peer-reviewed Journals" to limit your results to just peer-reviewed/scholarly articles.

OneSearch filter to limit results to peer-reviewed journals

Use a library database

Library databases are sometimes a better option to search for articles. Many cover specific disciplines, providing more focused results, and often databases will have advanced search features not available in OneSearch.

From the library homepage choose "Databases A-Z list" if you know the name of a database to try, or choose "Databases by Subject" to see databases available for your subject area. If you're not sure of what database to use, try one from the "Getting Started" category on the Databases by Subject page, or Ask a Librarian for a database suggestion.

Links on the library home page for databases

Be sure to read the database descriptions! Some have only newspapers, streaming video, or other content rather than journal articles. Databases that include scholarly articles will normally include a checkbox for "Peer-reviewed," "Scholarly Journals," or something similar. Use that to limit your results to the peer-reviewed/scholarly articles.

Use Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an easy way to do a very broad keyword search of scholarly literature. Many items in the search results will not be available on the open web, but you can change a Google Scholar settting to help you find full text through the library. See: How can I get the full text of articles I find in Google Scholar?

Also keep in mind that while Google Scholar has an academic focus, not all of the results will be peer-reviewed journal articles! You'll have to use your judgment and evaluate the sources you find if you need them to be peer-reviewed. See: How can I tell if an article is scholarly or peer-reviewed?

  • Last Updated Sep 21, 2023
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  • Answered By David Drexler

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