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Anthropology and Sociology at Webster University Library

Department of Global Languages, Cultures and Societies

Recommended databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a simple tool to search for scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles, and see how many times an article has been cited in other research. And when you hit a paywall, it can connect to Webster University Library's resources. If you are using a computer with an off-campus IP address, follow these instructions to connect Google Scholar to library resources:

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Click on Library Links and connect with Webster University Library resources as shown below:

    screenshot showing Google Scholar's library links settings which include Webster University Library

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Request books or articles

If the full-text is not available online, see our Borrowing & Returns page to learn how the library can help students, faculty and staff to obtain the text (at no cost to you).

Scholarly (or peer-reviewed) articles

What is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article?

Scholarly articles are sometimes "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" because they are evaluated by other scholars or experts in the field before being accepted for publication.  A scholarly article is commonly an experimental or research study, or an in-depth theoretical or literature review. It is usually many more pages than a magazine article.

The clearest and most reliable indicator of a scholarly article is the presence of references or citations. Look for a list of works cited, a reference list, and/or numbered footnotes or endnotes. Citations are not merely a check against plagiarism. They set the article in the context of a scholarly discussion and provide useful suggestions for further research. 

Many of our databases allow you to limit your search to just scholarly articles. This is a useful feature, but it is not 100% accurate in terms of what it includes and what it excludes. You should still check to see if the article has references or citations.

The table below compares some of the differences between magazines (e.g. Psychology Today) and journals (e.g Journal of Abnormal Psychology).

Comparing popular magazines and scholarly journals

  Popular magazines Scholarly journals
Reference list, citations no yes
Appearance flashy cover, photographs, advertisements mostly text, often graphs and charts of data, few ads
Titles short and catchy long and precise
Article length short long
Audience general public students, professionals, researchers
Authors staff writers, journalists practitioners, theorists, educators
Peer-review no yes
Publisher commercial company educational institution or professional organization

How to find scholarly, peer-reviewed articles