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Sociology 101: Finding Journal Articles

Principles of Sociology

Understanding Peer Reviewed Journals

Library databases such as Ebscohost and Proquest are used to find PEER-REVIEWED/SCHOLARLY JOURNAL ARTICLES, not found through Internet search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo). 

The material found within databases is generally more acceptable to use than material found on the web because it comes from professionals working in the field that you are researching. You still need to personally review material to make sure it is appropriate for your topic.

The following links will help you understand the peer review process and the difference between peer reviewed journals and magazines.

Magazines, Newspaper and Journal Databases

Search these online databases for articles in magazines, newspapers and journals.

EbscoHost - Search from a wide range of research databases for magazine and journal articles. Updated daily.The easiest way to search for journal articles is to select all of the modules and after completing your search, limit your articles to peer reviewed sources.

Click here to search the Academic Search Premier Module. This module has over 4,600 journal titles. Make sure to check the "Peer Reviewed" check box.