Finding Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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  • 1. Finding Academic Journal Articles Academic OneFile (Gale) & Google Scholar Ms. Doyle, District Librarian
  • 2. Gale Academic Onefile
    • Go to Lakeridge High School website
    • Hover over Library, go to Class Projects, and choose “Ms. Tarlow” for links
    • OR
    • Access Gale PowerSearch (includes Academic OneFile) at
    • Outside the school –
    • Username: please ask
    • Password: please ask
  • 3. Limiters
    • Why limit to full text?
    • Why limit to peer-reviewed?
    • Peer Review: “. . .[S]cholars in the author's field or specialty critically assess a draft of the article. Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed journals) are scholarly journals that only publish articles that have passed through this review process.”
    • -- Cal Poly Library Services Research Guide
  • 4. Subject Headings
    • Imagine that you’re researching issues related to teens and food.
    • Start with keywords
    • Synonyms for “teen”?
    • Synonyms for “food”?
  • 5. Subject Headings
    • Try a keyword search
    • teens food = 12 articles
    • adolescents nutrition = 73
    • Look at Related Subjects on left
    • Common subjects: Youth, Nutrition, Food Habits
  • 6. Subject Headings
    • Switch to Advanced Search
    • Search by subject
    • Youth
    • AND (OR increases results, but they are less relevant)
    • Food Habits
    • Look at Related Subjects on left to limit (for example, “Exercise”
    • Also notice on left under document type whether it is an ARTICLE. You will also find book reviews, bibliographies, clinical reports, etc.
  • 7. Watch Out for “Refine”
    • New search?
    • Click on Basic or Advanced Search again
    • Otherwise, you will be refining your original results, and end up with too few articles (or none)
  • 8. References & Citations
    • Scroll down to the citations to find other relevant articles
    • MLA citation at the end; cut and paste to your Works Cited page – or click Citation Tools on right for APA style
    • Email the article to yourself – top right
  • 9. Google Scholar
    • Advanced Search
    • Try search: “adolescents” and “body image”
    • Many articles are not full-text or not free
    • Look for PDF on right side
  • 10. Google Scholar
    • Use “Cited by”
    • Use “Related Articles”
    • to find more information
    • How do you know if it’s peer reviewed?
    • -- Must look up academic journal to find out.
  • 11. Thanks!
    • Email me at [email_address] for help
    • Or come by the library on Tuesday (usually)