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For many course assignments, you will be required to use scholarly journals, also called "academic' journals, 'peer-reviewed' journals, or 'refereed' journals. Here are some characteristics that distinguish scholarly journals from more popular magazines (see especially tips in red):
Audience is made up of scholars, researchers, students of the field
Written by specialists in the field, usually scholars with Ph.D.s -- are signed and often include author's credentials.
Appearance is serious and sober, with few colors, few or no advertisements
Coverage is original research results and scholarship
Written in technical, scholarly language; may be reviewed or "refereed" before publication by an editorial board or outside scholars
Articles are usually at least 7-10 pages in length
Frequency is usually quarterly or semi-annual
References are cited and usually includes a bibliography and/or footnotes
Examples are American Journal of Physical Anthropology; Journal of World Anthropology; Social Anthropology
UseDatabases to see a list of article databases organized by subject, or try one of the broad multidisciplinary databases below.
Tips for searching in our databases:
Look for ways to limit your search results to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
Look for an option to sort your search results by Relevancy
Click Find It! button for help locating full text of an article
Supports multiple Research Clusters. An extensive archive of American and international scholarly journals and books in the humanities, sciences, philosophy, and social sciences. Provides downloadable PDFs. Content spans 1800 – 2 years ago.
Supports multiple Research Clusters. A broad collection of scholarly journals, trade publications, and popular magazines in business, the humanities, science and technology, and the arts. Designed to be accessible for researchers of varying levels of experience. Intended for preliminary research and inquiry.
One Search is a great place to start your research. It allows you to simultaneously search through a variety of databases and the ECU Libraries' catalog.
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
Images of famous, pivotal, groundbreaking and odd moments in American history, eyewitness accounts, 20th century photos, panoramic photography, maps, political cartoons, women, Watergate, Depression era Federal art, elections and campaigns, presidential collections, Southeastern region archives, people at war, posters from World War II, work and workplaces and much more
Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, US National Archives, Brooklyn Museum, George Eastman House, National Media Museum, National Maritime Museum, Bibliothèque de Toulouse, New York Public Library, State Libraries of Queensland and New South Wales, Swedish National Heritage Board, National Galleries of Scotland, Library of Virginia, State Library of Florida, Musée McCord, Getty Research Institute, Brooklyn Museum, Nationaal Archief (Netherlands)
The NOAA Photo Library has been built so as to capture the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by the scientists, engineers, commissioned officers, and administrative personnel that make up this complex and scientifically diverse agency. Because of this broad base of scientific expertise and the geographic range under which NOAA science and observations are conducted, the NOAA collection includes thousands of weather and space images, hundreds of images of our shores and coastal seas, and thousands of marine species images ranging from the great whales to the most minute plankton.
An extensive compilation of downloadable, high resolution images. Content encompasses art, architecture, photography, the humanities, and social sciences. Searchable by gallery, museum, subject, period, region, and keyword. Features include zooming and side-by-side comparison. Pop-up blockers must be disabled to view images.