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A library and research toolkit to support students enrolled in online Evaluation subjects. and courses

How to find the journal articles you need


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Locating Empirical articles

Viewing each of the following resources will prepare you to develop strategies to locate empirical articles

  1. How to identify the type of scholarly article you need
    • addresses the characteristics of empirical articles; how to identify these article types; a targeted searching technique   
  2. Planning and preparing to search
  3. Deciding which search tool to use

After you have identified search terms and search statements, go to the Databases page to start your searching 

How can I track what is published in each issue of a journal

Stay up to date with journals of interest to you with Table of Contents Alerts (TOC).

Current Contents Connect (ISI) is a multidisciplinary current awareness resource providing access to complete bibliographic information for over 8000 Scholarly journals.

Current Contents Connect can be used to set up Table of Contents Alerts (TOC). This allows you to:

  • Receive e-mail alerts of the latest Table of Contents for your selected journal(s), as they are published.

  • Receive RSS feeds of the latest Table of Contents for your selected journal(s).

  • Access the latest Table of Contents for your selected journal(s) directly from the ISI Web of Knowledge home page.


What is a scholarly peer reviewed journal?

Scholarly journals

  • Contain articles written by and addressed to experts in a discipline.
  • Report original research or experimentation.
  • Cite their sources in footnotes or bibliographies.

Peer reviewed (or refereed) journals

  • Only publish articles that have passed through a review process, and have been approved by scholars or experts.
  • Many databases provided the option to limit your search results to peer reviewed titles

Tip: You can use the the UlrichsWeb : global serials directory to check if a journal is peer reviewed.

  1. Search for the journal (use the title-exact search)
  2. If it is a peer-reviewed, the soccer referee T-shirt icon will display next to the journal name.