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Guide to Research


A database is a collection of articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and more. You can use databases to find research on topics across disciplines.

Learn more about recommended databases.


A peer-reviewed article is a scholarly paper that was reviewed by experts in the field before publication. Because of this, peer-reviewed articles are often considered to be reliable and trustworthy resources, though you should always use caution.

Learn more about finding and evaluating your sources.


Scholarly Journal

A scholarly journal (also referred to as an "academic" or "peer-reviewed" journal) is like a discipline-specific magazine that publishes research in a given field. Scholarly journals typically release 2-6 issues per year, sometimes on specific topics. Beyond the publication date, each issue usually has a number associated with it. Students don't usually need to read a whole journal and will mostly access individual journal articles through databases.



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