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CJS 207: Kallsen

Finding Scholarly Articles

Use the databases listed below to begin searching for scholarly articles.

Try these search tips:

  • Check the box that says "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals"
  • Limit your date range to find more recent works
  • Click on the item title to go to the Detailed Record page
    • Read the abstract
    • Look at the author's credentials
    • Check the publication type and journal name
    • Access the "Cite" link for a sample citation, but always double check for accuracy
  • Want more results? Try choosing additional databases to search. You can search all of the recommended databases listed below all at once by clicking on "Choose Databases" above the search bar.

Recommended Databases

What Is A Primary Research Article?

Primary research articles

  • are original scientific reports of new research findings
    • do not include review articles, which summarize the research literature on a particular subject, or articles using meta-analyses, which analyze pre-published data
  • usually include the following sections: IntroductionMethodsResultsDiscussion, References
  • are peer-reviewed (examined by expert(s) in the field before publication)
    • a peer-reviewed article is not the same as a review article, which summarizes the research literature on a particular subject

Secondary sources

  • are summaries or interpretations of original research – not the original research itself
  • are often useful and easier-to-read summaries of research in an area
  • references or citations can point the way to useful primary research articles.
  • acceptable formats may include books (find these through the library catalog) and review articles (articles which organize and critically analyze the research of others on a topic)
  • blogs, YouTube videos, newspaper articles, book reviews, press releases and .com websites are NOT among formats usually appropriate as sources in scientific research
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