Your assignment is to find an article.
What should you do now...?
First, read the Assignment Instructions to find out what type of articles and sources are required for your research.
Which kind of article has your professor asked you to find?
This short video from the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) discusses how to know if you are looking at a scholarly, peer-reviewed, academic journal article.
In order to search for academic and scholarly articles, you'll need to log in to the Library Databases.
1.) Login to MyMonroe.
2.) Click on the Library Resources icon.
3.) Choose +Databases .
Your professor may require that you use peer-reviewed journal articles as sources for your research.
WHY USE PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES?
Because these articles generally contain the best (and often the most current) information available on a given subject.
Academic and scholarly journal articles must be:
The review process means the article must meet high standards of:
This process is meant to ensure the integrity of the journal, as well as the quality of the article.
For best results, you should start your search in a database that specializes in academic and scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. See a list of specialized databases in the column to the right: →
Three databases that specialize in peer-reviewed articles are:
Academic OneFile (Gale)
Research Library (ProQuest)
(Check the box marked Peer reviewed.)
Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)
Be sure to download the full text of all articles you wish to use for your paper, and be sure to download and save the APA 7 citation for all articles you download.
Even f you're not using a specialized database, most databases allow you to limit your search results to Academic Journal Articles, which are, by definition, peer-reviewed.
Some examples with illustrations of how to limit your results can be seen below.
Think you've got the hang of identifying and using scholarly journals? Take this quiz from the Ithaca College Library and find out!