Q. Can you give me step-by-step instructions on how to find scholarly articles?


Here are step-by-step instructions for finding a scholarly article using Baker Library Search or using a database of your choice.

Using Baker Library Search:

  1. First, go to the Online Resources page
  2. Enter your search terms in the Baker Library Search box.
  3. Click search.
  4. To the left of the results list, find the checkbox labeled "peer-reviewed."
  5. Check the checkbox.
  6. Under Source Types limit to Academic Journals
  7. When you choose an article to view the system will ask you to log in with your barcode number

Using a database of your choice (see links below):

  1. First, go to the Online Resources page. 
  2. Choose a category.
    Note: Look for ProQuest, Infotrac, EBSCO, Gale or Elsevier in the name of the 
    database--all of these databases (outside of the News/Current Events section) have an option to limit 
    your search to scholarly articles.
  3. Log in with your barcode number.
  4. Find the checkboxes labeled "scholarly", "peer-reviewed", "academic", or "refereed". These will usually be  located below the search box.
  5. Check the checkbox.
  6. The checkbox next to "full-text" is automatically checked so that articles will be instantly available.
  7. Enter your search terms in the search box(es).
  8. Click the search button.

All the articles you find this way will be considered scholarly.

IMPORTANT: Stay away from Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Book Reviews and similar items. THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE SOURCES FOR A RESEARCH PAPER, EVEN IF THEY ARE FROM A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL.

  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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