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ENGL 331: Advanced Academic Writing (Cogdill)

Determining if an article is scholarly:

Many of the articles you locate will likely be in an online full-text format. Determining the periodical type of these can be difficult, as you do not have the entire periodical to look through for hints. This guide can help you determine whether a periodical is a popular magazine, trade publication, or scholarly journal:

A useful online guide pointing out elements of a scholarly research article:

Search Databases for Scholarly Articles

Full text resources (useful for most topics):

Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database
Full-text articles in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.

Project Muse Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Full-text access to more than 150 scholarly journals and eBooks in all disciplines published by Johns Hopkins University and several other university presses.

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Provides access to scholarly journals in anthropology, ecology, economics, education, general science, history, literature, mathematics, political science, philosophy, and more. Some journals have "moving wall" access that does not include the most recent 2-5 years.

Databases for Mass Communication:

Communication & Mass Media Complete Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
The main database for Communication Studies and Mass Communications. Searches over 600 journal titles that support research in communication, mass media, linguistics, language learning and related fields of study.

ComAbstracts Restricted Resource database
The most comprehensive database for the discipline of Communications. Provides 26,000 abstracts of articles drawn from the professional literature on Communications. 

Databases for English:

MLA International Bibliography (Languages & Literature) Restricted Resource findit database
Comprehensive current index to articles and chapters in scholarly collections for literature, linguistics, and folklore. Covers all the world's languages and literatures, both contemporary and historical.

Databases for Education:

ERIC (Education) Restricted Resource findit database
ERIC is the primary database supporting research in all areas of education, including psychology, administration, and library science.
Note: 1966 - present

PsycINFO Restricted Resource findit database
PsycINFO is the premier source for finding scholarly articles and other information relating to all aspects of psychology and related fields.

Professional Collection (Education) Restricted Resource findit database
The Professional Collection is a selection of more than 300 full-text journals for educators. It offers balanced coverage for any professional educator in the following areas: arts and humanities; child and adolescent psychology and development; drug and alcohol abuse; health/nutrition/fitness; learning disabilities; literature; school law; science and technology; social sciences; and sports/athletic training

Databases for Film Studies:


Databases for BioMed Science:

CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Nursing) Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit database
Search 3,000+ journals in nursing and allied health back to 1937; covers nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health, etc.

Medline Restricted Resource findit elm database
Indexes more than 19,000 journals, 1950 to present, in all areas of medicine, nursing, health services administration, nutrition, and other areas.

ScienceDirect Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Search over 1,200 scholarly journals published by Elsevier. ScienceDirect is multisubject, but specializes in science. Note: We do not have full text access to all journals. 1993 to present for Academic Press journals; 1996 to present for Elsevier journals

Databases for Business and Economics:

Business Source Premier Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database
Premium full-text content and peer-reviewed business journals covering all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, accounting, banking, finance and more.

EconLit Restricted Resource findit database
Index to scholarly articles and dissertations in economics and related fields. Updated monthly. Corresponds to the print index published as part of the Journal of Economic Literature.
Note: 1969 to present

Databases for the history of the United States and Canada:

America: History & Life Restricted Resource findit database
Search 2,000 scholarly journals on the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present (the rest of the world is covered in Historical Abstracts).

Databases for Library Science:

Finding other guides & databases:
Research Guides (By Subject or Course Number)
Guides for doing research in a particular subject area (Art, Education, Social Work, etc.) or for a specific course.
Subject Specialist
Picture: Jennifer Quinlan

Jennifer Quinlan
Associate Professor, Student Success Librarian
MC 140G
(320) 308-5626

ENGL 331 class web page
Research consultation
I would be happy to meet with you for an an individualized research consultation.  A research consultation is intended to give you in-depth assistance in identifying and locating the resources most useful for your project. My student contact hours are below. 
Jennifer's Spring 2014 contact hours
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Wednesday: 9 am - noon (office)

Please email me if you intend to stop by during these times. If the above times are inconvenient, we can set up an appointment at another time.
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Search for Books
Interlibrary Loan
On Library homepage, select Interlibrary Loan (ILL) link:

To request a book, select Request a book link:

To request an article, select Request an Article link: 

Login using 14-digit barcode from back of CampusCard; password is your last name.

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Fill out the required fields of the form. 

Be sure to check the copyright agreement box.

Select Submit Request. Watch your HuskyNet email for information about your request.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar Restricted Resource database
Searches academic papers and other scholarly literature. Go to Settings and set SCSU as your "Library link" to get full text available through the library.

Some tips for searching Google Scholar:

Information from Google about Google Scholar:

Information about the "Cited by" function in Google Scholar:

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