For a general topic, how can I find a peer reviewed article?
Starting on our homepage, which you can find at caspercollege.edu/library, scroll down underneath the Quick Links section where there is a search box labeled “find articles”.
When you do a search, you’ll see a long list of results. We have access to many types of articles, including scholarly, newspaper, and magazine articles, but you can narrow your search to scholarly & peer-review with a click of the mouse. It’s worth noting that peer-review research articles are scholarly, but not all scholarly articles are peer-reviewed research.
On the result list, you can make some more choices to reduce the number of results. First, click on the scholarly & peer-review option under "refine your search". For science-related articles, it's common to limit the results to the last 5 years by dragging the left red dot on the publication date over to the right.
Under each article title, there is a preview link. Hovering over this preview will include information about the article such as the journal and page number where it’s found, but quite often will include the abstract as well. This makes it more efficient for you to decide if you’d like to read the whole article without having to click on the title.
Need more help? Ask a Librarian.