The resources on this page are recommended for when you need to find evidence-based research literature and other types of articles for literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, and other projects. You'll also find search and evaluation strategies to help you find the best articles for your topic.
Not sure where to start? This interactive tutorial will walk you through how to search for articles.
When you're looking at search results in a database you're going to see a few different ways to get to the full article, usually either...
Both of these will take you to the article (if we have access).
If you see the Access Options screen below, it means we don't have full-text access to the article. Try Google Scholar first to see if it's available for free. If not, click Request via Interlibrary Loan. We'll get the article for you from another library, usually within a few days.
"Peer review is the process through which professional abstracts, proposals, grants, manuscripts, and practice are examined by a team of qualified reviewers who determine the quality of the work product in relation to current knowledge in that field."
Identify good keywords to use in your search by thinking about the main ideas inherent in your topic.
Consider using synonyms of your keywords to help find even more information. For example, if you are looking for articles about the benefits of exercise for patients with heart disease, you might use the keywords and synonyms below:
|Keyword||Synonym 1||Synonym 2|
|heart disease||cardiovascular disease|
Searching for Keywords
Creating a grid like the one above can also help you enter your keywords when you're searching in the databases.
Put each distinct concept (heart disease, exercise) on a separate line with AND in between. This will give you results that mention both of these concepts, rather than just one or the other.
Then add each set of synonyms to the same line and type the word "or" in between.
For the keywords in the example above, your search boxes would look something like this: