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The All Subjects Library Guide contains links to a wide variety of general research resources, library and reference materials, database articles, web sites, news links, and information on citation styles.
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Talk Like TED - Carmine Gallo
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The Art of X-Ray Reading - Roy Peter Clark
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Scholarly articles

What kind of information does a scholarly journal contain?

A scholarly journal publishes articles on original research and commentaries on current development in a specific discipline, or subject field.  

A peer-reviewed journal is a scholarly journal that requires submitted articles to be subjected to a process of critical review by experts on the subject, known as referees, before determining if the articles be accepted for publication.

Note: not every academic or scholarly journal is peer-reviewed.

Be aware: not all articles contained in a refereed journal are peer-reviewed!

As a rule of thumb, editorials, short items, book reviews and letters to the editor are not peer reviewed. Brief commentaries. short communications and conference papers are not peer-reviewed either.



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Find Articles Using Databases

When you are starting out on a research assignment, searching a single databases that covers many subjects is helpful, since today's issues are complex and cross over several academic disciplines. Once you narrow your topic, you can proceed to subject specialized databases as needed.

Academic One File

Contains extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects

Full text journal coverage for most academic areas of study.

Contains news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics.

Contains more than 500 industry journals as well as full-text travel guides. 


This database (JSTOR Arts and Sciences I) contains full-text and full-image of core journals in economics, history, political science, and sociology, as well as in other key fields in the humanities and social sciences. This collection also contains titles in ecology, mathematics, and statistics.How to search info here.Info to export citations to EasyBib here.

Contains legal resources for federal and state cases and statutes, federal laws from 1988, federal regulations, state court decisions, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1790. Also contains info on U.S. and International companies and executives, stock reports, and SEC filings.

Provides full access to New York Times and International New York Times content, including today's paper, breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinion, blogs, videos and more. PLEASE NOTEYou must register -- using your MSMC email address -- in order to access the Times.  Find registration instructions and more information on NYT digital content here

Opposing Viewpoints in context

Contains a range of perspectives on many important issues, with over 13,000 pro/con viewpoints. Students will benefit from a variety of resource types: reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more.

Articles on all subjects.

Full-text articles in business, science, technology, education, health, art, broadcasting, and engineering. Information on searching this database can be found here.

Catalog of books and other materials held by libraries worldwide.


Peer-reviewed vs. popular journal articles

This chart indicates basic differences between peer-reviewed and popular journal articles:

Editorial Features a listing of an editorial board No editorial board listing
Appearance Text with charts and illustrations Glossy with many advertisements
Author Always identified and qualifications cited Often not identified (i.e.staff or freelance reporter)
Content Often original findings or theory on specific research; source references always cited Usually informal in nature, without specifying sources
Purpose To enhance the field of research To entertain, inform, express a view, sell a product
Terminology Specialized, assuming prior knowledge Simple, assuming no prior knowledge

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Are scholarly journal articles peer-reviewed articles?

All peer reviewed journals are types of scholarly journals. Many, although not all, scholarly journals are also peer reviewed before publication..

Peer reviewed journals, also known as refereed journals, are scholarly journals that submit articles to a peer review process before publication.


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