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:

  • peer-reviewed

  • academic

  • refereed 

  • scientific 




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.


Image of library homepage with arrow pointing to 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.


Image of the all subjects pull down menu showing the list of subjects for databases


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.


Image pointing to the Academic Search Complete database link


Step Five: Academic Search Complete provides you with search boxes to enter your keyword or keywords to find articles.


Image of the Academic Search Complete home page which shows three boxes for entering keywords


Step Six: Enter a few keywords relevant to your search.  Less is usually better when starting a search. 


Example search strategy using the keywords immigrants, economy and United States shown in Academic Search Complete.


Step Seven:  Look for articles with the academic journal icon in your results list.


Image of an article record in Academic Search Complete with arrows pointing to a icon that says academic journal


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.


Image of the Source Types option to limit to only academic journals in the search results of Academic Search Complete.

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