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Finding Scholarly Articles

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.

What is a Scholarly Article?

Not sure exactly what a scholarly article is? Here’s how to identify it:

Finding Scholarly Articles in Journals

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.

Finding Scholarly Articles in Databases

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.

Sample Search Using the General Proquest Database

Here’s a helpful demonstration of how to find scholarly articles in our most popular database, General Proquest:

  1. Go to the Enoch Pratt Free Library home page.
  2. Click the link for Databases, located on the yellow bar at the top of the page:

     Databases bar (2)
  3. This will take you directly to the Databases main page:

     Databases page (3)
  4. Under the heading "Databases by name," select "G."

    Databases by name (3) 
  5. Choose General Proquest. You will be sent automatically to the Search page of this database.
  6. In the search box, type "peer counseling." Check the box for "Scholarly journals."  Click on the search button (which looks like an orange magnifying glass).

     ProQuest Search (2)
  7. The retrieved articles will be scholarly articles. Congratulations!

     ProQuest search results (2) 


Ask Us

Have more questions about finding scholarly articles? Please e-mail us, call (410) 396-5451, or contact us via mail:

Periodicals Department
Enoch Pratt Free Library
State Library Resource Center
400 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

 

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