Use ARTICLES to find a shorter treatment of your topic, information on one particular aspect of psychology, one breakthrough in the treatment of a mental disorder, and news in the field of psychology
Databases are used to find PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES, statistical information, and other information 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.
Peer reviewed Journals and Magazines
Short Flash tutorial that illustrates the differences betwen these two types of publications.
Peer Reviewed Journals Explained
8 page handout that explains the peer review process with a focus on scientific research.
Learn all of the different parts of a scholarly article via this Flash-animated Web page.
The Library's online databases contain millions of published articles from popular magazines, scholarly journals and news sources. In these databases, you can search for your topic in thousands of magazines at the same time. The following is a list of the library databases that are good resources for scholarly journal articles. Note: off-campus access to these databases requires that you sign on using your mymsjc user name and password.
Google Scholar is a web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats disciplines.
It does not always have the full text of the article but gives you the citation which you can use to find the full article elsewhere.
**Tip: you now use Google Scholar to search the some of the library databases (Ebsco & Proquest)! Just follow these steps to get this service working on your computer:
Note: you will also see articles that do not have the full text, only the citation (author, title, date, etc.). If you want to use one of these articles, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan Service. Remember, though, it can take up to two weeks for the article to get here.
You can see these steps illustrated in this video.