How do I find articles on a particular subject or topic?

  • Step 1: Go to Meriam Library homepage and use OneSearch, our all-in-one search interface. You will find articles, books, media items, and more with this database.
  • Step 2: Enter the keywords you would like to search for, for example: climate change sea level coasts, and hit the search button.
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How can I find peer-reviewed articles?

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.

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How do I find the full text of an article if I have the citation?

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.

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What is a primary source?

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.

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