LSAMP: Research in the Sciences

A Starting Place for LSAMP Scholars

How to Identify, Find, Use, & Cite Scholarly Journal Articles

Video Tutorial on the Scholarly Conversation

This video tutorial created by a Holman Librarian talks about scholarship in all disciplines. It addresses:

  • Why scholarly literature exists - the unique purpose it serves
  • How a scholarly conversation advances our knowledge over time
  • How to find relevant scholarly literature
  • Strategies for reading scholarship
  • And how to cite it

Find Scholarly Articles in Library Databases

Article Databases

These databases will help you find scholarly journals that are often not freely accessible on the internet.

Please note:

  • Discipline-specific databases may have a mix of scholarly and non-scholarly sources. 
  • Databases offer a mix of primary research and scholarly analysis. Use appropriate filters, keywords, and subject terms and then assess your results.

Complete list of journals in Holman Library databases or print by title:

Use the Holman Library One Search to search for peer reviewed journal articles across all databases at once. 

  • Use the limiters in the menu to select Peer Reviewed Journals only for articles. 
  • Keep in mind that books can be scholarly too. Assess each book individually. Check authors, publishers, content, references determine if a book is scholarly.

Good Databases to Start with:

Why Read Scholarship?

Why read scholarly literature?

Scholarly journals advance our knowledge in a field of study.

Some features of scholarly literature:

  • May share original research 

  • Authored by credentialed experts in the scholarly field

  • In-depth analyses of topics

  • Abstract that summarizes the article. Read to determine relevance!

  • Explanation of methodology and materials, so that study findings are transparent and may be reproduced

  • Discussion of study and results

  • Literature cited section

  • In-text citations or notes

  • Use technical, specialized vocabulary

Source: "How Library Stuff Works: Scholarship as Conversation" by McMaster Libraries, is licensed under a Standard YouTube License.

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