UNST 242C Leading Social Change - Dardis: Scholarly Articles

Search the PSU Library Catalog for Articles

You can find a variety of articles using the PSU Library catalog.  To start your search, enter your keywords in the search box.  Then, from your results list, use the left side of the screen to filter by Source Type.  Consider what types of articles you will need such as newspaper articles or peer reviewed journals.  

Look for the Sign In link so that you can add relevant articles to your eShelf for easy access. Pertinent articles may include a Similar Articles tab where you will find six to eight articles like the one that you are interested in.

The Peer Review Process Video

Link to video about peer review process

3 minute video on the peer review process, created by the North Carolina State University Libraries: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/tutorials/pr/

How to Quickly Scan & Evaluate a Scholarly Article

This 3 minute video from Quinebaug Library explains the framework of a scholarly article so you can quickly scan it and decide if it will support your research. 

Search Strategies

  • An asterisk (*) is a truncation symbol, meaning you can use it to search for different endings of a word.  For example, educat* will find educated, education, educational, etc. 
  • Only type a few words, not a whole sentence into the search box.  What are the most important words in your research question?
  • Combine synonyms with OR to get a more complete search.  For example, college OR university OR higher education.
  • Use quotation marks to link words together that form natural phrases.  For example, "higher education" and "climate change"

Recommended Databases for Scholarly Articles

Search for an Article with a Citation Video