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Scholarly articles are the main medium for academic discourse. Articles published in journals or periodicals are how scholars and experts communicate with each other about what's happening in their field—what new discoveries have been made, who is developing new questions and ideas, and how this emerging knowledge might affect the broader public.
Many scholarly journals only publish articles that are "peer-reviewed," meaning that they have been rigorously reviewed and revised by a team of anonymous experts in the field who vouch for the article's quality. All articles and research projects have their own limitations, but you can trust that a peer-reviewed article in a scholarly journal that you find through an academic database will be at home in your own academic writing.
Journals and periodicals usually go to print several times a year, so they often include more recent information than books (which take longer to publish). This makes journal articles a great source of information for your own research, helping ensure that your own scholarly writing is up-to-date and relevant.
Databases give you access to many different types of articles, from those published in scholarly journals to magazines and newspapers. The Gellert Library subscribes to both general databases (which search through publications from many different disciplines) and subject-specific databases (which search journals in specific fields like psychology or education).
You can start any search for articles by using DISCOVERY on the library's home page. DISCOVERY searches four general databases that collect a broad range of scholarly publications, including journal articles. For in-depth and comprehensive research for relevant journal articles, there are two main approaches you can take.
With either strategy, it's a good idea to limit your searches with the following filters: "peer-reviewed," "full-text," and "held by Notre Dame de Namur University." Searches using these filters will only return high-quality publications that you can read in full, immediately.
To access databases and other electronic resources provided by the NDNU Gellert Library while off-campus, you will need to provide authentication by logging in with your NDNU email credentials. When you select a database or an online resource in the catalog, such as an article or ebook, you will be prompted with a login page. Use your NDNU email username (everything before the "@ndnu.edu" or "@student.ndnu.edu") and password.
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