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How to read scholarly articles




Article Linker

Use Article Linker to request articles when full text is not available.

  • Click Search for article adjacent to database search results to locate an electronic or print article.
  • If article not available online (in a different database) or in print (in the library), click Submit an Interlibrary Loan Request to request a copy.
  • If you are not a registered user, click First Time User and complete the form.
  • You will receive a link to the electronic article (pdf) by e-mail in 3-5 working days.

OneSearch: Start Here!

UMA OneSearch


Search for articles (across multiple databases), books, and more--all at once! What is OneSearch?

Find articles & database assistance

General resources for finding articles

There are four specialist repository search engines.  There is much overlap between these services, and at present (2019) it is not clear which is best. They are:

  • BASE (possibly particularly good for material from continental Europe)
  • CORE
  • OAIster (via WorldCat)

These browser extension help you located full-text articles online.

Aaron Tay writes about various topics related to librarianship and electronic resources.
"Aaron Tay is currently Library Analytics Manager, Singapore Management University and before that was E-services Facilitator, Senior Librarian at the National University of Singapore Libraries."

Academic related browser extensions : Browser extensions (Scite/Scholarcy)and improvements to Zotero
This has a great introduction to the most popular browser extensions as well as a discussion of the three mentioned in the title of the article.

A comparison of 6 Access Broker browser extensions Lean Library, Kopernio, Anywhere Access, Libkey Nomad & more
This is a great (but long) discussion of browser extensions to find full-text articles.

Peer-Review and Evaluating Articles

What does Peer-Reviewed mean? 

A scholarly periodical requires that each article submitted for publication be judged by an independent panel of experts (scholarly or scientific peers). Articles not approved by a majority of these peers are not accepted for publication by the journal. Peer-reviewed articles are generally considered to be scholarly and reliable resources.

Peer-Review Process Explained: 

How do I tell the difference between scholarly articles, popular articles, and trade articles?

From the University of Maine at Farmington: Guide to identifying scholarly sources



Scholarly Journals


Professional / Trade Journals

Written by

 scholars / researchers


 journalists / industry experts

Written for

 professors, students

 general public

 people who work in that field

Looks like

 mostly text, may have charts
     & graphs

 glossy covers, many advertisements,
     & photographs

 glossy covers & industry specific ads


 contains original search/analysis
 usually signed by the author
 long articles
 written in scholarly/technical lang.
 contain bibliographies

 info about current events, trends, pop culture
 not always signed by the author
 short articles
 written for general reader
 no bibliographies
 not peer-reviewed

 report on industry news & trends
 not always signed by author
 short articles
 written in tech lang. specific to industry
 may be bibliographies
 could be peer-reviewed


 Studies in Short Fiction
 Journal of Chemical Education

 Time * Newsweek
 Ladies Home Journal

 RN * Accounting Review
 Library Journal

Database search assistance

Requesting articles from other libraries

1. Look for articles.
To get the full-text article for "Risk Factors for Eating Disorders," click on the Full Text Online link.


2. To get more information on the article "Eating Disorders," click on the title OR "Citation Online."

3. To request the article, click "REQUEST."

4. Then click "Request this Article."

5. Sign in or create account.


6. Fill out any information still needed on the form.  Click "Submit Request."

7. Your request has been submitted.

8. You will be notified of the status of your request by email.

9. Copy the given password, click on the link, and paste the password into the form.  You will be prompted to save the file.

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