Answered By: Jeremy McGinniss
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2022     Views: 984

Here are a few other online resources you can use to find scholarly sources:

Google Scholar;

Google Scholar is a great place to search for scholarly journal articles in most subject areas. However, Scholar does not provide access to all of the articles. Some of the articles will be available for free online, others may ask you to pay for the article. You can link Google Scholar to the JFL so that you can see which articles are available in our library, and you can use Interlibrary Loan to request articles that are not available for free and are not in our library.
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Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ);

The DOAJ is a website that offers access to a number of open access journals. Open access means that there is no subscription requirement for the journal, so they are available for anyone to access them online for free. The DOAJ has articles from most subject areas.


PubMed Central;

PubMed is an archive of journal articles that are available for free through the US National Institutes of Health. These articles are primarily focused on medical and health subject areas.


Scholarly websites

If your professor allows you to use scholarly websites in your assignment, you can use Google to limit your search to specific types of websites. Websites that are from .edu or .gov sources are nearly always reputable sources of information. Websites from .org sources can be helpful as well as long as they are from a reputable organization.

You can specify which type of website you search using Google by adding site: followed by the type of website. For example: or or


Internet Archive;

The Internet Archive is an archive of free books, movies, music, and other sources. This website is a great source for free copies of older books that are no longer copyrighted. Many primary sources can be found here for history or church history topics (old original writings or books, for example), but it may not be the best source for scholarly secondary sources (like journal articles).


Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL);

This is another website that would be good for primary sources, but not for secondary sources. You can use the CCEL to find original early church writings from early church fathers and theologians. 


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