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Sherrod Library

East Tennessee State University

Education: Find Articles

Peer reviewed, popular or trade?

Most databases allow you to  limit your search to peer-reviewed articles. However, if you aren't sure if an article is peer-reviewed this guide will help you make the determination.

Get it @ ETSU

You'll find  buttons in nearly all of the ETSU databases you search. When you click on the button, pay attention to the FIRST listing, and it should help you get the item. If the first thing in the list says:

Online access you should see a link to the database/s in which the article resides. You may have to click on more than one database to find the full text. If the article doesn't come up immediately when you click on the link, then you may have to hunt around a bit to find the exact volume number, issue, date, and pages you need.

Check holdings then No full text available for your institution. Click on ETSU Sherrod ILL and fill in all the information, our Interlibrary Loan service will borrow the item from another library for you and send a link to the item via e-mail.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar



Google Scholar uses the familiar Google search box to search for the contents of scholarly journals, books, theses, conference papers, etc. There are some characteristics you should know about, though, if you use Google Scholar:

  • It lacks most of the search limiting functions of other article databases. We strongly recommend that you use Google Scholar's Advanced Search to take advantage of the search functions it does offer.
  • Use the Library Links section of Google Scholar's Preferences to identify yourself as a member of ETSU to get access to these articles.
  • Most importantly, the links may lead you to websites which will ask that you pay for the articles, but we may own the particular journal already. Before paying for an article you find via Google Scholar, you should always do a Periodical Title Search to see if we own the volume.  If we do not own the volume, you can request it through your home institution's InterLibrary Loan.
  • Google does not make clear what sources it uses; in other words, there is no way to tell what journals it includes or excludes or what years are covered.

Contact Information


Phone: 423-439-4307 (reference desk)