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Journals & Periodicals: Identifying Scholarly Sources

Learn how to distinguish between the 3 major categories of information sources: scholarly, popular, and trade.

Accessing the Databases

Access 100+ databases organized by subject area from the Research Databases page. Also try our dynamic, sortable database list!

Student ID BadgeTo access the databases locked icon (same icon that displays by the LSC-limited access resources) from off-campus, you must provide the 14-digit library barcode.

Don't have one yet? Request a barcode number online.

Using Individual Databases

Pro-Tip! megaphoneTake advantage of Advanced Search limiters to get exclusively scholarly search results. Remember, not all library databases contain scholarly content, and many of them have a mix of scholarly and popular sources!

EBSCOhost logo

EBSCOhost databases include: Academic Search Complete, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, and more. You can limit your search to "scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals" from the Advanced Search screen, or filter your results after the fact.

Screenshot of EBSCO's peer-review limiter

Gale logo

Gale-Cengage databases include: Literature Resource Center, Health Reference Center, and more.

Screenshot of Gale peer-review limiter

JSTOR logo

The database JSTOR does not have a limiter for scholarly content because that's what it contains exclusively. However, you should limit your search to "articles" or perhaps "research reports."

screenshot of JSTOR's "narrow by" options