Answered By: Nicole Montgomery Last Updated: Aug 22, 2019 Views: 641
Many research assignments require you to find and use scholarly articles.
You might also hear the term:
- Not sure where to start? Academic Search Complete is usually a pretty good bet.
- Try using a subject specific database. This is especially helpful for assignments in your major.
- Try a helpful research guide. There is research guide for every major and there just might be a course research guide for your specific class!
- Ask a librarian! You can chat with us online, visit us at the help desk in the Main Library or even schedule a one-on-one research appointment.
Subject Specific Databases
Try searching some of these subject-specific databases for your topic alongside keywords like quantitative, qualitative, study, case study, action research, focus group, mixed methods, etc. These are words that are used to describe particular methodologies in research and they will help you zero in on research-based articles.
Academic Search Complete
Step One: Always start at EKU Libraries website to find scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles!
Step Two: Click on the DATABASES link.
Step Three: Don't forget about this tip. You can use the ALL SUBJECTS menu to find a list of recommended, subject specific databases in your field.
Step Four: Not sure where to start? Don't forget about our other tip to try using Academic Search Complete. You'll find it located on the left under POPULAR DATABASES.
Step Five: Academic Search Complete provides you with search boxes to enter your keyword or keywords to find articles.
Step Six: Enter a few keywords relevant to your search. Less is usually better when starting a search.
Step Seven: Look for articles with the academic journal icon in your results list.
Step Eight: You can also limit your search results to show only scholarly articles. Do this by clicking on Academic Journals under Source Types on the left side of your search results.