Answered By: Robert Correll
Last Updated: Mar 15, 2022     Views: 195

Researchers often rely on library databases to find scholarly or peer reviewed 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." 

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 "Peer-Reviewed Journals" under "Availability."

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 Database list.  From there, select the subject area that most closely matches your area of research and select "Scholarly Articles" under "All Database Types".  This will return a list of databases related to your area of interest and containing scholarly articles.  Remember, your search results from each database will be different so be sure to try more than one. If you have trouble, get in touch with a librarian for help!

For more about scholarly articles, read "What is a scholarly article?"