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Finding Scholarly Publications

Use these databases to find background information, popular, and scholarly publications on your topic:

  • AccessScience  
    Search either the Encyclopedia or the Science Dictionary for best results. Try the subject-specific study guides for background on a topic.
  • Annual Reviews  
    Literature reviews from 32 disciplines in the biomedical, physical and social sciences.
  • JAMA (J. of the American Medical Association)  
    Online access from 1998-present.
  • JSTOR  
    Archive of past issues of scholarly journals from all areas of study.
  • Nature  
    Full-text access to this premiere research journal.
  • New England Journal of Medicine  
    Online access to this important medical journal from 1990-present.
  • PsycARTICLES  
    Full-text journals collection that includes the 41 journals published by the APA (American Psychological Association) and additional journals from allied organizations.
  • PsycINFO  
    Indexes and abstracts journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations and technical reports published worldwide in the field of psychology.
  • PsycTESTS
    Collection of psychological tests and measurements.
  • PubMed  
    World's largest database for biomedical literature.
  • Science  
    Full-text edition of this premier research journal.
  • Science Direct journals  
    Large collection of science journals and e-books. Most of the full-text content is pay per view by the library.
  • Scientific American Archive  
    Complete editorial pages of Scientific American.
  • Web of Science  
    Citation search platform for Web of Science (Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index,
    and Arts & Humanities Citation Index).

Identifying Scholarly Publications

Content is published in a wide variety of formats and for diverse audiences.

You should always make your own assessment of the reliability, significance, and purpose of the literature you engage to support your own work. But here are some general guidelines.

In the form of books or articles:

  • Scholarly publications are written by scholars and experts, usually published in academic journals or by academic publishers, and read by other interested scholars and experts. They present original research and new approaches to their fields of research.
  • Popular publications are easier to identify--they've got content written by journalists rather than scholars or experts, are published in the form of newspapers or entertaining magazines, and are read everyday by ordinary people.
  • Professional publications cover professional development, news, and issues for respective communities of practice, focusing on the conditions and concerns of practitioners in those communities. They're often published by professional associations, and written by practitioners for practitioners.

If you're after scholarly articles, then limit your searches in databases to material that is peer-reviewed. Here's a quick summary of what 'peer-reviewed' means: articles in scholarly journals have been evaluated (reviewed) by a committee of scholars (peers) before publication.

In the sciences, scholarly publications that feature original research are known as the primary literature.



Google Scholar

Google Scholar

You can find scholarly articles in this search engine, too--it searches the content of our databases, as well as other scholarly Web sites, and links to full text when it's available.

Note: you must be on the Trinity network to get the full text!


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