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Keywords Are Key!
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When you search in academic databases including MCC Library OneSearch, keywords give you the best search results. Next time you search, instead of typing in a long phrase such as "all the research that shows evidence to prove there's no life on the moon," try keywords.
A better search about lunar life would use keywords and look like this:
"life on the moon" and research
How to find peer-reviewed journal articles
In the peer-review process, in addition to a journal's editorial staff reading a submitted article, a panel of the author's peers who work or do research in the same field also read the article to verify that the work meets the standards of that field.
To limit your search results to peer reviewed articles, look for a box to check on the results page. It might be in different locations for different databases:
An example in the search results page: An example on the search box page:
Sometimes when you look at an article there is an indication of whether the journal is peer reviewed, but sometimes you might have to Google the journal -- you can look for "About" or "Submission Guidelines" on an journal's website to see if they use peer review when accepting articles. If you're still not sure, ask a librarian or your professor. We are glad to help!
How to Read a Scholarly Article
You do not have to read every word of a scholarly article--especially at first. Start with the abstract, then scan the introduction. This 5 minute video outlines a strategy for reading scholarly articles.
The databases below are multidisciplinary and include scholarly and popular publications that contain articles on many topics. When you search in these, you are searching in a lot of publications and should be able to find relevant articles.
You can refine your results to certain publication formats.
Academic Search Premier This link opens in a new window
Search in thousands of journals, magazines and newspapers.
ProQuest Central This link opens in a new window
Search across more than 30 general and subject-specific databases of journals, magazines, trade publications, newspapers and reports.
MCC Library Education & Psychology Databases
Multidisciplinary databases such as ProQuest Central and Academic Search Complete will include many articles and reports about education. The databases below are smaller and specialize in education content.
Child Care & Early Education Research Connections This link opens in a new window
Provided by the federally-funded National Center for Children in Poverty. Covers child care and early education experiences and related policies of children, birth through age 8. Includes full text, abstract, journals, conference papers, and indexing and abstracts. Note: Some articles are not free for full-text.
Education Database This link opens in a new window
Publications cover primary, secondary, and higher education, special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics. Can also be searched via ProQuest Central.
Education Research Complete This link opens in a new window
Included in Academic Search Premier. Subjects covered: all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. Content: full text, abstract, journals, eBooks, conference papers, and indexing and abstracts.
Education Resource Information Center (ERIC) This link opens in a new window
Subjects covered: educational literature and resources. Content: indexing, abstract, and full text from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index. Dates covered: 1966 to present
Professional Development Collection This link opens in a new window
Includes full text for high-quality education journals including Booklist, Education, Education Digest, Education Week, Educational Leadership, High School Journal, Journal of Education, Journal of Educational Research, Phi Delta Kappan, Reading Teacher and School Library Journal.
Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection This link opens in a new window
Includes human development and other psychology topics related to education.
Psychology Database This link opens in a new window
Includes human development and other topics related to education.
MCC Library eBook Databases
Our eBook collections together number more than 200,000 books.They are scholarly and multidisciplinary, including books on many topics. You can read eBooks online or download them to read offline.
eBook Academic Collection (EBSCO) This link opens in a new window
More than 170,000 full text eBooks including university press publications. There are options for searching within books and downloading them to mobile devices.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
JSTOR's databases includes eBooks on humanities and social sciences including economics, history, political science, sociology, and ecology.
There are also eBooks books in some of our other databases. To search all of MCC Library's eBook collections at the same time, use search MCC eBooks or search using MCC Library OneSearch on our homepage.
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