The best places to find scholarly articles are:
A database is a specialized website for finding scholarly or academic articles (the kind of articles your professors expect you to use). Databases allow you to access content that is normally hidden behind a paywall. In other words, the library pays for databases so you don't have to pay for the articles you need.
The most important thing to remember about databases is that they don't work the same way as Google. Searching successfully in databases requires a lot of practice, so don't get frustrated if you are having trouble. That's totally normal! If you run up against any difficulty, just ask a librarian for help (that's what we are here for!).
Google is a great tool. It works so well, that we don't even have to think to be able to use it! That's a nice thing to have for every day life, but if we only use Google, we will 1) never learn how to use other tools, which require much more sophisticated skill and practice, and 2) we might miss out on finding scholarly articles.
If you are dedicated to using Google, try using Google Scholar instead.
Tip: When looking for scholarly articles, it is helpful to check the filter box for peer-reviewed articles, to eliminate some results which might not be scholarly. You can also filter for the format "articles" and for availability, or any other criteria your professor might have given you.
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Since this is a general guide, we do not have databases listed. The best way to find a database to search in is to visit our A-Z Database page.
Tip: Look for a filter for peer-reviewed articles. Peer-reviewed articles should be considered scholarly in almost every situation.
Even though it's called Google Scholar, not everything that you find will be guaranteed to meet your professor's expectations. It's important to review each article individually to see if it meets the criteria to be considered scholarly.