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How do I find scholarly articles?

When your professor says you need to use scholarly articles, what they mean is that the article has to be written by a scholar. You can find articles written by scholars on the Internet but many times those articles can't be viewed without paying for them.

Luckily the library already pays for access to these types of articles in the library databases! You can access the databases from our home page by clicking on "Search for Articles-Databases."  

All of the library databases contain scholarly articles but a good one to start with is Academic Search Premier because it has a large number of articles on almost any topic. We also have subject-specific databases for programs like nursing (CINAHL) and education (ERIC). If you need articles about literature (novels, short stories, plays, or poems) use our literature database (Gale Literary Sources).  

For more information on the difference between popular and scholarly sources watch this 3 minute video.