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Quick Summary: Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) and Popular Sources

"Scholarly" sources are

  • Written by experts (majority have advanced degrees),

  • Contain original research,

  • Cite other sources extensively throughout their work and contain works cited section

Peer reviewed articles are scholarly articles that have undergone a review process by other experts in the field before being published (hence - reviewed by their peers).


Popular” sources are

  • magazines, newspapers, books, websites, Youtube, trade journals etc.,.

  • written or produced for a general audience and informal in tone and scope.

  • reviewed by an editor but rarely cite other sources,

  • not peer reviewed



More Information:

Scholarly (peer reviewed) Sources vs Popular Sources (In depth)

Evaluating your Sources

How to search 

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Article Resources

Search Everything


Search Everything lets you search across the majority of the Library's articles, books, videos, etc. If you would like to search more specialized resources, try our A-Z list and filter by subject.

Find Articles (In depth Instructions)

Search Everything:

  • Discovery search box (like Google for Libraries). Searches across our collections of article databases, books, and ebooks etc.,  

  • Use to find:  books, ebooks, scholarly articles, newspaper, magazines.

Search Everything bar


refine your results on the left side of the result page to scholarly peer reviewed journals


1. Search using keywords  (or the title/author if you know it)


2. Refine using filters on the left of the result page.

  1. Content type (book, journal article, newspaper etc.,)  

  3. Scholarly & peer reviewed, publication date, discipline etc.,​​


3. Get your sources.

  1. Online Items Only link is for articles and ebooks

    1. Link will bring you to another page with the full text of the article or ebook.

  2. Books - Status and Location (call number)

    1. Status will be either Available or Due (plus the date it is due back)

  3. Save or Cite your results using the icons on the right side of your source.  



Article Databases:

  • The Library subscribes to various databases that contain collections of scholarly articles, newspapers, magazines, reports, videos,etc.

  • Use to find: scholarly & peer reviewed articles, newspapers, magazines, corporate reports, trade magazines, online videos and images.


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What are articles and databases

Directions (Locating Databases): 

  1. Locate the Research Databases tab on the Library’s homepagehighlight of database tab on search everything

  2. Pick your subject area or “multi-disciplinary” etc.,

  3. Choose from a list of databases in your subject area

    1. You will have to search more than one database – different databases contain different articles on your topic

Directions (Searching within Databases)

  1. Search using keywords

  2. Use the menu options to refine your results*

    1. Peer Reviewed, date range, etc.,

  3. Use the save or cite options*


*Because each database is owned by a different company, the location of the refine options and save / cite options are in different locations on the result page for each database.




Search ProQuest (Video)

Search EBSCO (Video)