Your teacher has told you to find some scholarly articles for your research paper. This Guide will help you determine (a) what scholarly, or peer-reviewed articles, look like and (b) where and how to find them.
Not sure exactly what a scholarly article is? Here’s how to identify it:
If you find a journal that carries scholarly articles, check to see if it has an index that lists the topic you're researching. Journals often include an index for each volume, found at the back of the last issue.
There are some specialized printed indexes in a variety of subject areas for older periodicals. These indexes are separate from the publications themselves. Ask library staff about these.
You can often find scholarly articles in the library's databases. Several of these databases have the option of restricting your search to these types of articles only. This option may have a name such as “peer reviewed” or “scholarly journals.”
Either of these choices will restrict your database search to scholarly articles.
Several Pratt Library databases offer this option, including:
Please ask library staff for any assistance you may need in your search. We can help clarify if an article is scholarly and help you find the indexes you need to research your topic.
Here’s a helpful demonstration of how to find scholarly articles in our most popular database, General Proquest:
Have more questions about finding scholarly articles? Please e-mail us, call (410) 396-5451, or contact us via mail:
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Baltimore, MD 21201