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Using Library Resources: Find Scholarly Articles

An interactive tutorial to understand the research from start to finish.

What are Scholarly Resources?

Scholarly resources have these features:

1) They are written by professionals such as scientists, doctors, nurses, and engineers

2) They are peer-reviewed or "fact-check" by other professionals in their fields

3) They have collected data, field studies and other research to support their work, which they cite

4) They went through rounds of reviews before publishing their work

Vanessa Slagle from Memoirs of a Modern Librarian explains what is Scholarly Research.

Why can't I just use Google or Wikipedia?

Library Databases Internet Websites from Google Search


Good for finding college-level research

Good for finding credible work from professionals


Good for entertainment and shopping

Good basic, background information 


Materials come from professionals in their field

Materials are "peer-review" or fact-checked for accuracy and credibility by professionals



Materials can come from anyone regardless of expertise

Materials are not checked by anyone for accuracy and are often duplicated


Library databases required log-in by students who paid for them


Anyone can access the information since it is free.

Some college-level resources can be found online however you may need to pay for the whole document or lack information from where it came from


You can narrow down your search with advanced features by subject, date, format, author, etc

Databases have citation tools, provide copies of the articles for printing and email.


You can only narrow down information to the last year

You cannot limit what kind of results you get; the results grabs your keywords from any website that may or may not be relevant

You can to cite the information yourself and it is hard to do if you cannot find the author and date information was published


Materials have permanent locations meaning they have a set space in a journal, magazine, newspaper or book. They also have permanent links in databases.

This allows your reader to track your sources better.


Websites are constantly changing, so the location of where you found your material may change as well.

This makes it harder for your readers to locate your sources and also makes your research lose credibility.

This chart was adapted from:

‚ÄčWoetzel, Denise. “Research Guides: CDL-001: Orientation to Learning Online - Library Resources & Services Tutorial: Find Articles.” Find Articles - CDL-001: Orientation to Learning Online - Library Resources & Services Tutorial - Research Guides at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Reynolds Community College Libraries, 20 Mar. 2017, Accessed 6 Apr. 2017

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