Scholarly journal articles

Here is a selection of databases that will help you find peer-reviewed articles. Contact me for further suggestions.

Key Article Databases

  Sociological Abstracts (ProQuest)

  Criminal Justice Abstracts (EBSCO)

  Sociology Source Ultimate (EBSCO)

Watch this short tutorial to learn the ins and outs of Sociological Abstracts:

findit.gif  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:

Formatting references in APA style

What is a scholarly journal article?

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 Google?

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!

Basic Research

The Library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias with up-to-date articles on your paper topic. They will lead you to exhaustive and well-researched articles that are written and signed by scholars.

Here is a link to a 2008 article on school choice from 21st Century Education: A Reference Handbook. Notice the long and detailed bibliography that could jump start your research.


keyword search:  "charter schools" AND statistics
subject search:  "charter schools" AND "case studies"
  • WorldCat
    A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat will indicate any local library holdings and also offers an inter-library loan request option.
  • E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan
    Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZ-Borrow is usually faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZ-Borrow can be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently checked out by somebody else.

Citing Your Sources

  • Export references in APA style for your cited reference list
    Check off all articles in which you are interested and click on Save, Print, Email. The QuickBib feature has a selection of styles available from which you can choose. APAis the most widely used style in the social sciences.