WR 323 Writing as Critical Inquiry: Search for Articles

Resources and strategies to complete Research Sources Assignment.

Search the PSU Library Catalog for Scholarly Articles

Start your search for scholarly articles at the PSU Library catalog. Type your keywords into the search box on the Library homepage and run the search. Limit your search results by selecting Peer Reviewed Journals under Availability. Limit your search to the last five to ten years to review the most current research on your topic.  Pertinent articles may include links to Similar Articles!

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Search for Known Article Title in the PSU Library Catalog

The PSU Library Catalog is a great place to search for articles in selected databases. Once you have found an article that you are interested in, check for the link, Online Access, as shown in the screenshot of the journal article citation. Select this link and then sign into the PSU Library catalog to access the article. Note that the article can be available in more than one database. If there is no Online Access link, there will be an Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery to request the article.

Article Online Access Link Portland State University Library Catalog

database access for an article

When PSU Library does not hold the article, order from Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery

Request the article through Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery. When the article is available, you will be notified via your pdx.edu email. This process takes about two or three business days.

interlibrary loan link for article in library catalog

Ways to Approach Searching for Articles

To identify articles that you don't know exist, you will want to use a database.  Databases can be general, covering a wide variety of subject areas, or specific covering only one discipline or group of disciplines.  Library databases generally use Boolean logic and search the title, subject headings and abstract of an article.  Some databases search the full text of the articles that are included.

Is it peer reviewed?

This 2-minute video shows you a few different ways to check whether an article is peer-reviewed or refereed.