Answered By: Ben Blanks
Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019     Views: 41

To search for scholarly, peer reviewed articles, you can search a number of different databases.  You can use the three databases below to conduct broad searches in a variety of subjects.

EBSCO Quick Search

  1. Go to the library homepage at www.liberty.edu/library.
  2. Click Databases by Name under the Search Anything bar.
  3. Go to the left to Browse by Letter.  Click the Letter E.
  4. Scroll down and click EBSCO Quick Search.
  5. Before you type your search terms, scroll down to the Limit your Results section.  Click Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.  If you have a publication date range requirement, you can enter it in the Published Date field.
  6. In the search fields at the top, type your search terms.  Remember to keep search terms short and simple, and try to connect search terms with boolean operators like AND (for instance, you might use Public Administration AND Budget AND Oversight). When you’re finished typing in search terms, click Search.
  7. You should find a selection of scholarly articles in the results.  If you find a result that says Get it at Liberty beneath it, the article is not available in full text in EBSCO.  Click Get it at Liberty to check to see if we have the article in other databases.  If we do, the library system will list the databases; you can choose which one you would like to view the article.

ProQuest Central

  1. Go to the library homepage at www.liberty.edu/library.
  2. Click Databases by Name under the Search Anything bar.
  3. Go to the left to Browse by Letter.  Click the Letter P.
  4. Click ProQuest Central from the list.
  5. Click Advanced Search.
  6. Click the Peer Reviewed box below the search fields.  If you have a publication date range requirement, you can add it using the Publication Date field.
  7. In the search fields at the top, type your search terms.  When you’re finished typing in search terms, click Search.
  8. You should find a selection of scholarly articles in the results.  If you find a result that says Get it at Liberty beneath it, the article is not available in full text in ProQuest.  Click Get it at Liberty to check to see if we have the article in other databases.  If we do, the library system will list the databases; you can choose which one you would like to view the article.

Summon

  1. Go to the library homepage at www.liberty.edu/library.
  2. Click the All button to the left of the Search Anything bar.  Change it to Articles.
  3. Click Online Full Text PDF and Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed below the Search Anything bar.
  4. Type your search terms into the Search Anything bar, then click Go.
  5. You should get a diverse selection of articles.  You can add a publication date filter using the Refine your Search tool to the left.