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Have you been asked to find an article on your topic that has been published by a specific journal?

You can often enter a keyword search from the journal's home page within a database. Follow the steps and see the images below for visual examples.

  1. Use the Find a Specific Journal Tool or a list of suggested journals on a Research Guide to get to the home page for the journal.
  2. Look for a link stating Search within this publication or a search box that is similarly labeled.
  3. Add keywords or search phrases which describe your topic to the blank search boxes.
  4. Click search to find articles on the topic that have been published in the specific journal you are searching.

Note: These specific instructions apply to EBSCO databases. If the journal is housed in a ProQuest, SAGE, or other company's database, the screens will look different from the examples which follow (Steps 3 and 4). Also, the sample search used shows a kinesiology journal, but the same search process applies to journals for other subjects including special education.

Scholarly Peer Review

Why Does My Professor Require Peer Reviewed Sources?

Peer review is the rigorous process scholarly resources go through to become published. Most often when we talk about peer review, we are talking about journal articles going through the process, but some books do also. Peer review typically involves review boards of experts in a topic or discipline who read and evaluate submitted articles/materials to determine if they meet the standards for publication. This review involves more than just looking at the article's format, rather also examining thoroughness of the literature review, soundness of methodology, accuracy of results, and logic behind conclusions that are drawn. Often articles are returned to the authors for revisions before final publication.  

  • For a clever video explanation of peer review, see NC State University Library's Peer Review in 3 Minutes (video)
  • Remember that when using many library article databases, during your search you can limit your results to only Peer reviewed (Scholarly) articles by simply checking a box.

screenshot showing checkbox to indicate scholarly (peer reviewed) articles in a search