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POLI SCI 146A: African Politics: Finding Scholarly Articles

Finding databases

You can't find articles searching in the Databases tool! You should search for database names or broad topics like historybiology, or kinds of media such as newspapers here.

library database search

 

Evaluating what you find - Journals

How do you differentiate between great, good, and not-so-good academic journals? 

The first question you should ask yourself is whether or not the journal is peer-reviewed  (also known as a refereed journal, which means that the articles that are published within the journal have been reviewed by peers (scholars with subject expertise in the subject matter of the article).  Passing a peer review means that the information contained within the article is authoritative.

The best resource for easily determining whether or not a journal is peer reviewed is:

Chances are, however, there will be many refereed journals in your respective discipline or topic area.  How, then, do you establish which journals are ranked highest in a discipline?

The best way to find the highest ranked refereed journals is:

 

Databases