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Is It Okay to Use Google?

Since you will have to verify that your sources are scholarly and reputable, it is not a good idea to use Google to find journal articles. 

You will be able to spend less time overall on your research if you use databases available from the Cornette Library.

 

Good Research Takes Time

For a major research project, allow at least one week to find articles that are available online.

You will need an additional week to find the articles that are in print or only available via Interlibrary Loan.

Also, after reading the articles you find first, you may discover that you need to find more articles that are tricky to find. 

Learn more about getting started with the Research Process.

 

Is Everything Online?

No.  Sometimes an article may only be available in print or on microfilm in the library.

Generally, you will find copies of journals on the second floor of the library--in the Periodicals area.

 

Find Scholarly Articles - Discover

Type words in the search box.

Type a phrase in "quotations marks".

Be sure to check the box for Scholarly Articles to search:

  • only for scholarly articles, not books
  • most of the library databases
  • some open access journals   

This search automatically limits your search to peer-reviewed journals.

Even peer-reviewed journals have content that is not scholarly, such as:

  • editorials
  • letters to the editor
  • book reviews

Read more search tips about Discover on the list of PDF tutorials

 

What Next?

After a Discover search, you will have many options in changing the list of articles in the search results, such as:

  • use the filters in the left-hand column to find fewer, better articles
  • change the date range of publication, so you see only recent articles
  • filter results by subject headings
  • filter results by database
  • type in additional/different search words
  • read the abstracts (summaries) of good articles to discover alternate search words
  • search only for words in the abstract (often the abstract created by EBSCO, not the actual abstract of the article)
  • remember:  more search words = fewer articles
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