Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

SOCW 380 Foundations of Practice, Rhonda Weimer

Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles

Get started with a quick search of the catalog and multiple databases.

Limit to Peer-Reviewed Journals to find scholarly articles. 

Note: All the databases listed below are Ebscohost databases and can be searched in combination. Click "Choose Databases" at the top of the screen, and select the databases you'd like to search.  This can save you time and increase your results.

Limit your results to Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed and Full-Text to find peer-reviewed articles you can read online.

Understanding Peer-Review

What is Peer-Review?

Peer-review is a process by which articles are evaluated by other scholars or experts in the field.  These "peers" of the author evaluate the article on its research design, statistical analysis, conclusions, originality, accuracy and importance to the field. An author may have to make corrections to the article several times before it is accepted for publication by the journal, or it may be rejected and not published.  Choosing a peer-reviewed article is a way to ensure you are getting the highest quality information. 

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service available to FHSU faculty, staff and students to help you obtain research materials not owned by Forsyth Library, or which are inaccessible to those who live too far away to visit the library. Please note that the library does not provide textbooks through Interlibrary Loan. Instructions on using this free service and more information can be found on the Interlibrary Loan Guide.

How to quickly find the main points of an article

When you're going through lots of articles trying to choose one for your assignment, here's an efficient way to quickly get the essentials. Of course, once you choose an article, read it all the way through before critiquing it ;-)

Don’t be afraid to jump around: Scholarly articles don't have to be read like a book, paragraph by paragraph, line by line. It's ok to skim and scan! 

Read the abstract first: It summarizes the entire article, making it easier to judge whether it is relevant.

Next, read the introduction and conclusion: Learn more about the topic of study and what the authors found out in the process.  If you're still interested in the article

  • Take a look at the tables, charts and graphs: Get a better idea of the results of the research or analytical study. 
  • Mark it up: Engage with your source! Take notes, highlight important sections. Look for what is missing as well as what is there. 
  • Find the sources: Consult the introduction and references for other potential sources to follow up on.