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Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Sources vs. Popular Sources
- Author: Written by experts (scientists, professors, scholars) in a particular field.
- Audience: Written for other experts in a particular field.
- Language: Very technical and scholarly. Not easily understood.
- Citations: Provide complete and formal citations for sources.
- Review Process: Often reviewed by a panel of scholars in the field being studied. (Peer-Reviewed)
- Author: Written by professional writers, journalists, or members of the general public.
- Audience: Written for the general public.
- Language: Basic and clear. Easily understood.
- Citations: Provide informal or no citations for sources.
- Review Process: Reviewed by an editor or self-published with no formal review process.
REMEMBER: Popular DOES NOT equal bad. Check with your professors to find out which popular sources they accept.
Suggested Library Databases for Peer-Reviewed Articles
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) This link opens in a new window
Search for scholarly articles from journals covering many academic disciplines, including chemistry.
GreenFILE (EBSCO) This link opens in a new window
Scholarly articles focused on the study of the human impact on the environment.
Health Source - Academic/Nursing Edition (EBSCO) This link opens in a new window
Scholarly journal articles focused on medical disciplines. TO LIMIT TO SCHOLARLY ARTICLES CHECK THE "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" BOX.
JOVE Science Journals: Biochemistry This link opens in a new window
A peer-reviewed scientific video journal focused on Biochemistry bringing to life the intricate details of cutting-edge experiments enabling efficient learning and replication of new research methods and technologies.
JOVE Science Journals: Chemistry This link opens in a new window
A peer-reviewed scientific video journal focused on Chemistry bringing to life the intricate details of cutting-edge experiments enabling efficient learning and replication of new research methods and technologies.
MEDLINE (EBSCO) This link opens in a new window
Provides authoritative medical information in a variety of fields.
Peer-Reviewed Article Databases on the Open Web
WARNING: Many web-based search engines do not provide full-text articles without payment. NEVER PAY for an article. Instead submit an Interlibrary Loan request; it’s likely that we can get it for you for free.
WARNING: Many of the articles found in a Google Scholar do not include full-text articles without payment. Look for a short link to the right of the main result link. If there is a short link the article may be available for free. NEVER PAY for an article.
Public Library of Science Collections (PLOS)
PLOS Collections aggregate and curate related content from PLOS journals and the PLOS Blogs Network to provide structured access to papers of interest in the PLOS corpus and demonstrate innovative approaches to the assessment, organization and reuse of research, data and commentary.
Full-text articles in the biomedical field and life sciences from the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
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