Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas University

Writing a Research Paper

Use this guide to help you write your paper.

How Will This Help Me?

Understanding databases will help you: 

  • Identify peer-reviewed articles
  • Effectively perform a search

You can find articles, books, and more in Search It.

Understand Peer-Reviewed Articles

Steps of peer-reviewed publication

Select a Database

On the databases page you will find more than 200 different databases. To determine which one is best for your project, you can use the menu at the right of the page to browse by Subject. For example, if I am doing research for Sociology, I would click the plus sign next to Humanities & Social Sciences, and then I would select Sociology. This will lead me to a listing of the best databases to use when conducting sociology research. 

A few general guidelines:

  • If you're doing research for an introductory course, such as ENGL100, try ProQuest Research Library. It's a great place to start.
  • If you need recent newspaper articles, try LexisNexis Academic's "Search the News" function.

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