- Step 1: Select and search a database. Go to our A-Z Databases page, select the drop down menu that says "All Subjects" and select the subject area you want to search for.
- Step 2: Read the database descriptions and select which one will be best for your research. Click the title of the database to enter.
Peer-reviewed articles are published in scholarly journals with an editorial board of scholars and specialists in the discipline related to the article topic. The terms "peer-reviewed" and "scholarly" articles are often used interchangeably. This type of article always cites sources in a bibliography or in footnotes. While not all scholarly journals go through the peer review process, it is usually safe to assume that a peer reviewed journal is also scholarly.
A full citation usually looks like this. With this information, it is easy to locate the full-text in one of the library's databases or in print.
Roe, E. (2011). Surprising Answers to Rising Sea Levels, Storms, Floods, Desertification, Earthquakes and Ever More Environmental Crises in California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Journal Of Contingencies & Crisis Management, 19 (1), 34-42.
We have lots of ways to help. Mix and match these options.
Start at the Education Subject Guide.
If you want to fine-tune your search for education-oriented aspects (e.g., educational level or intended audience), use ERIC alone. It is the most specialized database and gives you lots of flexibility and depth for your research.
We are happy to help with graduate student projects! Here is the list of subject librarians with their contact information.
You also start by talking to a librarian at the Reference Desk or via the Ask A Librarian box on the left side of this page. They will put you in touch with a research librarian who specializes in your discipline.
There are many types of primary sources in the library. The term "primary source" can be used in various ways depending on the discipline. Generally, first-hand accounts are considered primary sources, and materials created at a later time which analyze an event are considered secondary sources.
The right strategy for using primary sources often depends on the topic.
Use OneSearch on the home page. Try searching the keyword "educational attainment" using quotes around the phrase. Use the Refine options on the left side to select Scholarly/Peer Reviewed.
If you need more help, feel free to come to the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. A librarian is available during these normal library hours who can help you refine your search terms.
Yes. You certainly can get help! You have several options.