When scientists and other scholars want to make the results of their work public, they usually begin by publishing them in a scholarly journal with a title like Behavioral Neuroscience, or Developmental Psychology.
They are the best way to find:
Research articles are not good places to find:
There are several different types of research articles:
Not to be confused with a “peer reviewed journal,” review articles are an attempt by one or more writers to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the “state of the art” as it now stands. Review Articles will teach you about::
Review articles are virtual gold mines if you want to find out what the key articles are for a given topic. If you read and thoroughly digest a good review article, you should be able to “talk the talk” about a given topic. Unlike research articles, review articles are good places to get a basic idea about a topic.
Theoretical articles are written to advance theory and they may include both discussions of empirical research and reviews of research in order to elaborate the theoretical position.
Empirical study articles are written to publish findings of original research that adheres to the scientific method.
Empirical research is based on observed and measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experience rather than from theory or belief.
Key characteristics to look for:
There are several different sections of reports and/or articles of empirical studies relating to the different steps of the scientific method. When you see articles that include these components you're looking at empirical studies. The components to look for are:
Searching for Academic Articles in Gale Databases
Use EBSCOhost Databases to Find Academic Journal Articles
Empirical research is published in books and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
The MJC Library subscribes to several databases providing access to peer-reviewed journals. Not only do these databases provide access to this type of material, but they allow you to limit your searches to retrieve only peer-reviewed content.
For more information, check out our interlibrary loan service page.
A DOI can be used to cite and link to electronic articles. A DOI is guaranteed never to change, so you can use it as a permanent link to any electronic article.
To find an article using a DOI
When you see a DOI reference in an article on the Internet, most of the time you can just click on the DOI in order to access the article (provided you have the needed access rights to the site where the article is located).
In case you see a DOI in a print document or when the online DOI is not clickable, and you want to access the article, please do the following:
You can Google a DOI to find an article, although you may still have to sift through search results. To go straight to the source, you can also use a DOI resolver like the one linked to above from the International DOI Foundation.