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Answered By: Catherine Johnson
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2016     Views: 32

Researchers often rely on library databases to find scholarly journal articles.  Most databases that contain scholarly journal articles have the option to restrict your search results to only these types of articles.  That feature may refer to scholarly journals as "academic journals" or "scholarly journals" or "peer-reviewed."  When searching, be sure to check the left or right side of the screen for such an option.

You may want to start your search for scholarly articles in Nimitz Search (the default search box on the library's homepage).  After you enter your search terms you will see an option on the left side of the screen to limit your results to "Scholarly & Peer Review." 

If you find the results from Nimitz Search too overwhelming or too off-topic, you may want to try your search in a subject-specific database.  You can find an appropriate database for your search by visiting our A-Z list of databases.  From there, select the subject area that most closely matches your area of research and select "Scholarly Articles" in the "All Database Types" section.  This will give you a list of databases that relate to your area of interest that contain scholarly articles.  Remember, your search results from each database will be different so be sure to try more than one.  .