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Locating Scientific Literature

In this guide, we'll learn to locate primary source research studies using newspaper articles, press releases, and other popular secondary sources.

Recommended Databases

Keyword Searching the Databases

If you were unable to locate the full text article described in your secondary source using the Journals A-Z list, you can try searching for another article on the same topic in one of the library's databases. Here are some databases we recommend getting started with.

Search Tips

  • If you see a "Full Text" box, check it. This will eliminate articles that we do not have in full text in the library.
  • If you see a "Scholarly" or "Peer Reviewed" box, check it. This will eliminate the popular and other non-scholarly articles that you don't want to include in your references.
  • Read through the article carefully. Is the author describing original research that they've done themselves, or are they describing someone else's research?
  • Limit your results to the last 5 or 10 years. This will help you find the most recent and up-to-date information.

Recommended Databases

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

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