Library Research Guide
Databases vs. Internet searches:
Keywords: It can be helpful to track the terminology/keywords that work best as well as possible synonyms, and experiment with different search terms.
Advanced Search/Guided Search: these options offer multiple search boxes allowing greater control and use of Boolean Operators (AND & OR & NOT).
Subject Headings: "Subject Headings" or "Descriptors" help narrow your search. These tags group items by category. Different databases recognize different terms and as you find them, you can construct your search using the terminology of that database.
Get It: No full text available? Click the "Get It" button or link to view your options for connecting with the full text. It may be available electronically, such as a print copy available on campus, or via Interlibrary Loan.
Truncation: Using truncation, a search for teen* collects "teen", "teens", "teenager", "teenagers", etc. by adding all possible endings to the word stem (broadens your search while staying on topic). The truncation symbol may differ by resource.
Wildcard: Use "wildcard". For example: wom?n searches for "women" or "woman"
Help: Look for the “Help” section or Ask a Librarian.
According to Cornell University Libraries, there are several characteristics that define a scholarly journal:
Refers to a quality-control process in which scholarly works are formally reviewed by a panel of experts in an author's discipline, prior to publication.
In the peer-review process, material submitted for publication is sent to individuals who are experts on the topic. Those experts read the material and suggest to the editor whether the material should be rejected, accepted, or be sent back to the authors with a request for revisions.
This official editorial process is meant to ensure that authors of these works maintained a sufficient degree of academic rigor and applied high standards of research to their work.
Peer-reviewed works are considered scholarly; but not all scholarly works have been submitted through a peer-review process.