The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. The essays in these encyclopedias and companions are great overviews and they can be very helpful in defining and focusing a topic. All essays include bibliographies that will lead to further sources on a topic.
Here is a selection of databases that will lead you to peer-reviewed journal articles. Contact me for further suggestions.
Your gateway to the full text of journal articles!
Content is available via the following links: Click on the Article link(s) to go to the full text.
Request from Villanova document delivery or another library: Submit an interlibrary loan request online. It takes on average 3-5 days for the article to arrive via email.
Full text linking:
A scholarly journal article is a lengthy journal article based on primary research or original theoretical speculation and published in what is often referred to as a peer-reviewed journal. Most scholarly journal articles in the social sciences include the following elements:
Author name and affiliation
Introduction & literature review
Data & measurement
Analysis & results
For a more detailed description of the differences between scholarly journals and popular magazines click here.
Below is an image of part of the first page of a scholarly article:
[Renzulli, L. A., & Evans, L. (2005). School choice, charter schools, and white flight. Social Problems, 52(3), 398-418. ]
You can find a detailed description of the peer-review process on Wikipedia.
Why not? Here are some arguments in favor of library databases:
Timeliness: Google favors older publications, which is a problem in the social sciences.
Full text availability: Links to the full text will not work when you are off campus and Google will not link you to interlibrary loan forms or print holdings.
Quality: Google does not limit to peer-reviewed journals
Quantity: Too much to sort through!
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