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What's the best way to find an original research study?

Last Updated: Oct 10, 2012  |  26 Views

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Original research articles are known to be scholarly, peer reviewed and refereed, especially in the sciences and social sciences. We subscribe to numerous databases available under Research Tools on the Mahoney Library web page that will allow you to limit your search to original research articles in basic and advanced search options.

For example, in Science Direct, you can select the category 'Journals', enter your search terms and check off the box 'Article' under the section 'Limit by Document Type'. In Journals of Ovid, you may want to expand the Limits field and check off the box 'Original Articles'. Cinahl with Full Text will also provide filters to peer reviewed/scholarly articles as well as research articles.  EBSCO's Medline will allow you to limit to numerous types of studies under 'Publication Type'.  In the multidisciplinary databases such as ProQuest and Academic Search Premier, you have the ability to limit to peer reviewed articles in the basic search screen.

Original research articles will appear in journals that are peer reviewed or refereed.  Uhlrich's Periodical Directory will identify these journals in the journal's description record.

For more information about the elements of an original research article, go to the following links:

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