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ECN 306: Articles

Finding Articles

Scholarly articles are the best place to find research results and analysis of a topic. Databases can help you to find articles on your topic.  For more information on how to determine if an article is scholarly or not, see "Scholarly vs. Popular Articles" in the Getting Started @ the Libraries guide

However some databases define scholarly articles as only those that have gone through a "peer review", that is the manuscript has been vetted by a panel of experts as to the quality of the research before being accepted for publication.  Other databases are more liberal in their definition. The database itself should have a link that outlines what they include and don't include under this term.

A specialized type of scholarly article that you may find useful is the "literature review" which surveys the literature for all the scholarly articles on a particular topic, briefly summarizes and sometime critiques them.  While many journals may have the occasional literature review article, the Journal of Economic Literature is devoted to literature reviews and related articles in the field. You may want to search here first to see if there is a literature review on your topic so you don't have to reinvent the wheel.

Searching Google Scholar will result in scholarly articles but keep in mind that Google does not reveal what they index or what they consider scholarly and sometimes will pull content off without warning.  That being said, you can optimize Google Scholar so that URI holdings are linked.  The guide listed below explains how.

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