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Answered By: Sarah Johnson
Last Updated: Jan 06, 2017     Views: 432

We recommend using the library search tool, Search@CU Libraries, which searches many databases at once.  Follow these steps to search for peer reviewed, scholarly articles:

  1. Go to Search@CU Libraries and sign in (upper right).  CU students, faculty, and staff have access to additional resources and services.  Signing in allows you to access additional full-text content from more journals, databases, and eBooks. 
  2. Enter keywords in the search box.  Think of synonyms for your topic that authors might use in their writing, for instance, searching for "teaching" or "instruction" might pull up different results about the same topic.  Click the blue Search button.
  3. When the search results appear, use the "Peer-reviewed Journals" facet link (left side of the screen under the Show Only heading) to refine results to scholarly publications, then use the "Articles" facet link to weed out reviews and other formats.
  4. Look through the results.  If you find a title you'd like to read, it will either be available for immediate access online, or for email delivery through Interlibrary Loan:
    • Online: If the article is available for immediate access online, click the Access Online button beneath the article title, then select a database name from the list that displays to proceed to the article.
    • Interlibrary Loan: If there is no full text available for immediate access, click the Availability & Requesting Options link beneath the article title, then click the Request from Interlibrary Loan link to proceed to ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan management system.  Submit your request, and our staff will attempt to get a copy sent to you from another library.  You can also access ILLiad here: ILLiad

If you still have questions, contact us and tell us some details about your assignment and your topic.  We're happy to help!

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