How to Identify a scholarly or academic article:
It can be tricky for student researchers to find scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles. This is because academic journals are usually only available through [very expensive] institutional subscriptions. Luckily, we do have access to some subscriber services, plus some good open-access sources.
Try the ORC (Online Reference Centre)
The Online Reference Centre has credible academic resources chosen specifically for Alberta students. Try Academic OneFile for peer-reviewed, full-text articles related to many disciplines, including the physical and social sciences, technology, medicine, engineering, the arts, technology, and literature.
For home use, see the WCHS Librarian for the username and password.
Try The Calgary Public Library
The Calgary Public Library has a fantastic collection of e-resources -- including journal indexes -- for students. You can access these with your CBE credentials:
Try open-access journals online
The following websites connect you to open-access academic journals without a subscription:
Open Access Journals Search Engine (find open-access journals by discipline)
JStor Open Access
Arts and Social Sciences Journal
International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
HighWire (Stanford U)
Public Library of Science
The Journal of Student Science & Technology (publishes student research)
Try Google Scholar
Google isn't your best resource for finding academic or scholarly articles. Google was designed to find websites, not scholarly works or articles.
Still, Google Scholar can be a helpful tool for research if you know how to use it effectively. Remember though: not all of your search results will give you access to the full article. Often, a subscription is still required. For this reason, you will likely use Google Scholar in conjunction with another tool or resource. Check out these resources for making the most of Google Scholar:
Google Scholar's Search Tips
A 7 minute video on using Google Scholar Effectively:
finding SCHOLARLY articles takes patience...
In the age of Google, we're used to instant results. But academic research is seldom that easy. You will need to be patient. You will likely need to conduct several searches in several places, using many different search terms, to find the best material. Be patient...persistence pays off!
Need help? Ask your WCHS librarian!