The first thing you should do when you have a research assignment is figure out what types of article sources are required or allowed. Some professors require you to use only scholarly peer-reviewed journals while others might let you use professional journals (also known as trade journals.
Scholarly article - written by an expert in the field and reviewed by peers who are experts in the same area. In many databases, you can limit your search to scholarly, peer-reviewed or refereed journals to weed out any non-scholarly content.
Professional/trade article - Trade or professional journals can have articles written by experts in the field or by staff writers. The articles are only reviewed by editors for style, so they go through a less rigorous review process. The articles often do not contain reference lists.
Popular journals - Written for a general audience rather than for professionals or scholars. Examples include The New Yorker, People, and Rolling Stone.
If we don't have a journal article you need for your research in our collection, we can get it for you! Just request it through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery. Please note: it can take up to a week or more to secure an article from another library.
Abstracts and sometimes fulltext can be found by searching the following databases. Remember that you will need an Odin account to access these resources from off campus.
If the article citation does not include links to the full text, click on the Find it @ PSU button to check availability. Find it @ PSU is the link to the full text article or the call number and location for the print article.
If the PSU Library does not hold the article online or in print, order it through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.
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