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Scholarly and/or Peer-Reviewed Articles

This research guide explains what your professor wants when he/she asks for peer-reviewed or scholarly articles.

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What are databases?

Databases provide access to articles from credible, well-known newspapers, magazines and journals. The library pays a subscription fee for several general and subject-specific databases for students and faculty to use.

Some databases contain scholarly content, like academic journals on a specific subject, and others contain articles from popular magazines such as Newsweek or Forbes. Databases may contain a mixture of content from both scholarly and popular sources.

Fortunately, most databases allow you to separate out only scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. Usually this involves clicking a box next to the term, limit to scholarly articles or limit search to peer-review. The screen shots below show you how to find those boxes.

EBSCOhost: The red arrow shows you where the box you need to check is located.

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Gale Databases: First select Academic Journals, then the top red arrow shows you where the box you need to check is located.

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ProQuest: The red arrow shows you where the box you need to check is located.

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Databases you can use

These are the databases containing scholarly articles that are available to you as a JCTC student.

NOTE: If working off-campus, enter your KCTCS ID and Password (the same one you use for email or Blackboard) when prompted.

Tutorials showing how to search these databases are available on the page: Searching for scholarly articles.