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Environmental Science 101: Finding Journal Articles

What is a Peer Reviewed Journal?

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.

Requesting Full Text Articles Using Interlibrary Loan

Sometimes you will come across the "perfect" article, but the MSJC databases will not have the full text of the article--only the title, article and date info (citation). How frustrating!

There is a solution! You can request the full text of the article through our Interlibrary Loan Service. You can request up to five articles at a time to be sent to you here at MVC. There is no charge for this service, but make sure you give yourself enough time because it can take up to two weeks for the articles to get here.

  1. Request the articles you found by entering the author, title, etc. in MVC's Online Interlibrary Request Form.
  2. Sit back and relax, we will e-mail you when your articles arrive.
  3. You will need to come to the libary to pick up the articles.

Scholarly (peer reviewed) Journal Articles in Environmental Science

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.

  • Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)
    The world’s largest academic multi-disciplinary (not just environmental science) database, Academic Search Premier provides full text for nearly 4,700 publications, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage spans virtually every area of academic study and offers information dating as far back as 1975. This database is updated on a daily basis via EBSCOhost. Make sure you click on the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals box when searching Academic Search Premier for journal articles.
  • GreenFile (Ebsco)
    GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records. Make sure you click on the "Peer reviewed" box when searching this collection for journal articles.