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PSY 2012 - Copper (Dale Mabry): Articles in Databases

Tips for searching Google Scholar

Search for scholarly literature across many subject areas and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Google Scholar Search Tips 

If you're off-campus, Set up Google Scholar on your computer to allow access to resources available to you through HCC Libraries and any others where you are currently a member.

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Anatomy of a scholarly article

  • Anatomy of a Scholarly ArticleEdit/Delete Quick Stats
    Learn the sections of a scholarly article: title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion, works cited (references or bibliography).
    Sometimes it helps to read the discussion and conclusion first!

What is "peer-reviewed"?

A peer-reviewed article is reviewed by other researchers BEFORE publication.

  •  The author of the article must submit it to the journal editor who forwards the article to experts in the field. Because the reviewers specialize in the same scholarly area as the author, they are considered the author’s peers (hence “peer review”).
  •  These  reviewers  evaluate the quality of the research and may suggest revisions before publication

How to find peer-reviewed articles in the library databases:  

  • check the box "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" under limit or refine search.
  • click on the tab "Scholarly Journals" or "Academic Journals" after getting the results of a search

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