check to see if there is a LibGuide that covers your subject area or topic.
Still not sure? Try doing an "all database" advanced search in EBSCO.
If you come across an article or book you need for your research, and the Library does not provide full-text access to it in print or electronic format, request it through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. ILL requests can take anywhere from a day to over a week to receive. This is a free service for Kirkwood students and employees.
Please note: Database access may require entering your k number and password.
Why search here? Dependable database with quality articles on a very wide variety of subjects.
What's included? Magazine, scholarly journal, and some news articles on: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.
Why search here? For a varied collection of brief essays that debate different perspectives on hot topics.
What's included? Brief essays presenting a multiple perspectives or arguments on a single topic. Also links out to selected news and academic articles. Great for conducting research, completing writing assignments, preparing for debates, creating presentations and more.
Why search here? For background information to get started on your research.
What's included? Reliable encyclopedia and dictionary entries on a wide variety of topics. Includes articles from general and specialized encyclopedias, many images and audio files, and over 1,000 videos.
Why search here? For comprehensive reports on current events and heavily debated issues.
What's included? Reports each cover one topic, with overviews, future outlooks, opposing viewpoints and bibliographies for each.
Scholarly Journals & Scholarly Articles
Scholarly journals specialize in publishing technical and research-oriented articles, and are mostly intended for students and other scholars. Because journal articles are oftened accessed individually online, here are some clues to look for when identifying them:
What do scholary articles (also called "empirical research articles" or "peer-review articles") look like?
Authors of the articles are scholars,
researchers and experts within the field. Their credentials will be given.
The articles are typically quite long, usually 8 pages or more.
Technical language or jargon is used.
Articles are typically "peer-reviewed" meaning a group of other experts in the field reviewed the article before publication.
Use the acronym IMRaD to remember the major sections found in a scholarly article:
An abstract summarizing the research and
An Introduction stating the problem
A Methods section that describing how the
problem was studied
A Results section reporting the findings, And
A Discussion explaining the implications of the
Interactive web site lets you look at different parts of a scholarly article so that you can recognize one when you see one, and know how to take it apart for meaning. From North Carolina State University.
Video: How to search for journal articles at Kirkwood Library website
Videos & Tutorials on Academic Articles
These videos and tutorials are from Credo InfoLit. You may need to log in with your k number and password to view content.
Addresses: Why is identifying keywords important when doing research? How can you determine key concepts from a research question or topic statement? How do you know what are the best keywords to use for your topic?