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UH 3900: Honors Research Seminar: Finding Scholarly Articles

How to conduct preliminary research for an Honors Senior thesis topic.

What is a Scholarly Article?

Common Characteristics:

  • written by and for specialists in a particular subject.
  • usually narrow in focus with a detailed analysis of a topic.
  • often contains original research or new findings.
  • contains cited references.
  • usually (but not always) peer reviewed. Peer reviewed articles go through a strict evaluation and approval process before they're published. Sometimes they are also called refereed or juried articles.

Note:  Peer reviewed articles are not limited to science.  All academic fields/subject areas use a peer review process to ensure quality and accuracy.

How to Find Scholarly Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly peer reviewed articles are included in many library databases. Use a research guide to find the best database for your subject or use the Scholarly Articles tab in the search box on the library homepage.  You can also use the library's Databases A-Z tool to find a list of library databases by subject or discipline.

1. Enter your keywords / topics. 

2.  On the search results page, use the filters in the left column under the "Limit To" menu:

  • Select "Scholarly/Peer Reviewed/Academic"
  • Select "Online Only (Full Text)" to view results from the online databases with full-text links to the article PDFs.  
  • Select "Online + Print" to view results from both the online databases and the print journals owned by the library. 
  • An optional "Publication Date" limiter is also available.


Finding the Full Text

Look for one of these icons in the article record: 

pdf icon or  html icon

If you don't see one of those, click this:
article linker
to find links to the article in another database or to see if the library has the article in print.

If the library does not have a copy, you can order it for free through Interlibrary Loan.