Sometimes called scholarly, peer reviewed, academic, or even "refereed', these terms all refer to journals that require review by a group of experts in the field before an article can be published. These experts are looking for things like appropriate methodology, proper research and citations, advancements to the field, etc. These articles are typically for other scholars with a high level of knowledge in the area of publication. The purpose is typically to advance the field of study, and share developments made by scholars.
Look for the option in databases to narrow your search by peer reviewed, scholarly, or ‘refereed’
Learn more about the process video from the University of Kansas: Peer Review In Three Minutes
Other kinds of articles
Popular articles are written for a general audience. These articles can inform, entertain, give the opinions of individuals, talk about current events, sell products, or generate money. News, magazines, blogs, social media, TV shows, opinion articles, and many kinds of websites fit into this category.
Trade or professional journals are intended to share practice information with professionals and practitioners in a profession. These articles are usually chosen for publication by an editor and not a group of experts. They may also include advertisements, and flashy images that you don't usually see in peer-reviewed journals.
In addition to books, the OneSearch brings together most of the Journals and articles that CSULA subscribes to, and uses natural language searching.
After searching your topic, narrow your search by using the limiters such as
Export Search Results to RefWorks
- Save the article records by clicking on "Save this record" link
- Click "My Saved Records" link on the upper right side of the page
- Click "Export to Refworks" link and "Export" button
- The RefWorks page should open and you login using your RefWorks account ID and password
- If you don't have a RefWorks account, click "Sign up for a New Account" link to create a RefWorks account for yourself.
JOURNAL SEARCH (Search for Known Articles from Citations)
Sangster, Joan. 2007. Making a Fur Coat: Women, the Labouring Body, and Working-Class History. International Review of Social History. 52, no. 2: 241-270.
Library databases don't search using full sentences. Instead, use keywords to search to get the best result. Keywords are the essential words in your research question that focus on the main concepts you are interested in. Other words are non-essential to searching. The keywords are highlighted in the research question below:
Research question: What is the connection between race and police brutality?
Connecting words and other search tricks
Using connecting words like AND, OR, & NOT can help you find what you are looking for.
Learn more about using and generating keywords with this tutorial from Cal State University Dominguez Hills: Developing Keywords
With Google Scholar you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
Be sure to link Google Scholar to the MSMU Library to get free access to many library resources. To do this from the Google Scholar homepage, click on Settings in the upper-right corner, or from the menu. Click on "Library Links" on the left. Type in "CSULA" or "Cal State Los Angeles" and then check the box that says "MSMU Library- Full-Text @ MSMU". Now your results will link to the library's resources.