This section of the guide is to help researchers locate resources using Columbus State University Libraries resources. This page will show you how to Search GALILEO by Database, find journal articles and narrowing down your search results list, and how to search through journals if the name of the journal is known.
Experts in a particular field of study write scholarly journal articles. Their purpose is to keep others interested in the field up to date with the most recent research and findings. More so than books, scholarly journal articles are where to turn if you wish to discover recent thinking for a specific discipline.
Journal articles are published in journals, essentially magazines, but for an academic audience. A journal will be published multiple times annually and organized by volumes (and sometimes issues).*
What are peer-reviewed articles?
Peer-reviewed articles, also known as refereed articles, are scholarly journal articles that have been reviewed and edited by experts in that field before being accepted for publishing. Usually, the author is unknown to the reviewer, so the article is accepted solely on its merit and not on the author's reputation. Thus it is more likely to be a highly rigorous and credible article.*
Scholarly articles are excellent sources of information for your assignments because they provide:
Most scholarly journal articles have the following features:
One way to locate journal articles is by database if it is known, as shown in the above example. If the database is not known, you can filter out all of the search results from the GALILEO Discovery Bar to show results that are only journal articles.
Limit By Geography and Language
Refining By Subject
After all the areas are refined, we can take a look at our search results. Initially, we had over 5-million. After using the limiter tools, we refined the list down to approximately 34,000. There are still many results, but remember, the example was a very broad subject. A more focused topic would refine the results much further.