Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas University

Library Basics

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

K-State has created a flow chart about the peer-review publication process. This chart provides a way for people to see the steps in this process. The first step starts with research. After researching, a paper is written about the findings from that research.Then the papers are submitted to journals. Once the paper is submitted, a panel of people will review the paper. From there, the journal will select from those submissions for use in their publication. Finally, these articles are published in print and online journals.

Select a Database

On the databases page you will find more than 300 different databases. To determine which one is best for your project, you can use the menu at the top of the page to limit to a particular subject. 

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.

Databases A-Z page