If you are looking for a specific article:
In the search results screen, you may have one or more options:
Click the article title or the "Online access" link to get to the full record for the article. In the Full Text Online section, check the Online access note. Sometimes the library has access to a journal through multiple sources, but not all sources include all articles. For this article, Wiley includes from 1997 until the current issue, but EBSCOhost has only from 2003 until one year ago.
If the article is not in OneSearch
An alternate method to look for a specific article:
First, what is "peer review"?
When a scholar submits an article to a peer reviewed academic journal, the article is read by other scholars in the field (the scholar's peers) who review the article to check the quality of the work and its significance to the field. They check to see whether the author uses appropriate methodology to establish the conclusions, has constructed the argument well (conclusions follow premises), has cited and responded to significant previous work, etc. Reviewers may reject an article, or require revisions before it is published.
Peer review does not guarantee an article is fully correct and conclusive, but it has been judged by experts to be a valuable contribution to research in the field. Nor does a lack of peer review mean an article or other source is not reliable and useful; however, you will need enough relevant knowledge of your own to make good judgments of the reliability of sources that have not been through a peer review process. It is generally best to start your own research with peer reviewed sources, then seek more diverse sources when you are better able to evaluate them on your own.
Note that not all contents of a peer reviewed journal are necessarily peer reviewed. The articles are, but editorials, book reviews, letters to the editors, etc., are not.
How to find peer reviewed articles:
To find articles on a specific topic:
Select a database to search
Start with keywords
Use "Limit" and other features available in OneSearch and most other databases to refine your results
For example, you can limit search results to
Once you find a suitable article or few, you can use it to find more like it:
Click the title to open the full record for the article, and look for
If you are in a database that has only a citation to an article but not the full text, the full text may be available by another source.
If Wesleyan library does not have access to an article you want, you can place an interlibrary loan request.
If you have not set up an interlibrary loan account, you can do so from the library home page: click the link for "My Account and ILL." The first time you log in with your Wesleyan username and password, it will prompt you for contact information. Once you fill that out, you are set to make interlibrary loan requests.
If you are in OneSearch:
If you are in a database the library subscribes to (anything under the "Databases" link on the library home page):
If you do not have an automatic link into the interlibrary loan system, you can fill out a blank form with the citation information:
One other option to check:
Use information about the article:
If you found the article in OneSearch or one of the library's Databases, look at the description of the article there. Look for a list of keywords or subject terms and read the abstract describing the article to find other good search terms and do other searches with combinations of those terms. The database might also have an option to click for "find similar articles."
Use information in the article:
Use a Citation Index to find similar articles:
In Web of Science, enter the title of the article, and select to search it as "title"
If Web of Science has a record for the article, click the title in the search results list to get to the full record for the article.
In the "Citation Network" section on the right side of the screen it will indicate whether the article has been cited since it was published. If it has been cited at least once, click the number above "Times Cited" to get the list of more recent articles that cited this article.
Click to "View Related Records" to find other articles that cite some of the same sources as this article. Articles citing the same sources are usually addressing similar topics. In this case, the article has 42 references in its bibliography, and "View Related Records" will find articles that cite at least one of them.
The ones with the most shared references -- and thus likely to be most similar -- show up at the top of the list. But the list can be long -- in the example below, 72,555 other articles cited at least 1 of this article's 42 sources.
You can narrow that list by "Refining Results" and search for appropriate keywords within the list of related records:
Google Scholar also works as a citation index. Look up the article you are starting with to find Google Scholar's citation for that article.
Click the "Cited by" link under the article for a list of articles that cite this article.
Click the "Related articles" link to find a list of similar articles.
Google Scholar covers more journals than Web of Science and thus is more likely to have a record for the article you are starting with, and to find at least some citing articles and related articles. But Google Scholar's algorithm for determining "related articles" is unclear and results are often not as good as in Web of Science. Also, Web of Science offers more functionality for searching and refining results.