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Finding Books in the Catalog:

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Library Resources Online:

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How to Identify a Scholarly Article

TIPS: Scholarly sources are those produced and reviewed by people with recognized expertise in a particular field of study. Scholarly articles are found in scholarly journals - sometimes called peer-reviewed journals. SCF subscribes to databases that provide these academic resources.

To find a scholarly article in a database you can often check a box that limits your search to peer-reviewed journals. This box is sometimes found on a Basic Search, but almost always on an Advanced Search in a database.

Ways to identify an online scholarly or peer-reviewed article:

  • Author(s) - Clearly identified author(s) usually with credentials

  • References -  lists of works cited at the end

  • Title -  usually descriptive, lengthy and uses professional terms

  • Length -  is the article 5 pages or longer?

  • Ask  - check with your Librarian or Professor

  • Review - look at the elements of the article. Make sure it has what the assignment requires, such as, tables, conclusions, methodology and other research articles elements.

Evaluating Internet Sources

Much of the information available on the Internet is not regulated for quality or accuracy. The responsiblity is therefore on the individual user to evaluate resources effectively. The websites listed below will help you learn to evaluate Internet resources for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose.

Films On Demand -- Digital Video

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Films On Demand is a state-of-the-art streaming video. This digital video database is rich in documentaries, speeches and historical events.

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