What database do I use to find scholarly articles?
Here is the fastest way to get started:
- Open MegaSearch. This lets you search 50+ databases at once, covering all topics.
- [You may now be prompted for your MyPima username and password. If so, provide them.]
- Enter keywords for your topic, and click Search.
- On the results page, in the left column, check-mark the box for Scholarly Journals (peer-reviewed)
- Click Update.
- All the results will be for articles from Scholarly Journals. (Scholarly journals focus on original research studies, but they also may contain news stories or editorials, which are not "scholarly" in the same way the studies are. You should be able to tell which is which. The studies are much longer.)
Some of our databases are not included in MegaSearch. You can search them individually.
- Choose a database for your topic--from this Subject list
- So a keyword search
- Then LIMIT (or FILTER) the search to only Scholarly Journal articles (the details vary by database)
If you have any questions, stop by any PCC library and ask for a librarian. Or send another "Ask Us" question!