|When an assignment specifies that you find
research articles, you will need to use academic journals. Many of the
Library's Article Databases allow you to narrow your search to
peer-reviewed (academic) journals, but your search doesn't end there;
not all articles retrieved from academic journals are going to be
research articles. Knowing the potential components of an academic
journal will help you to determine which articles are research
articles, and which are not, despite appearing in an academic journal.
|Note:even within a peer-reviewed publication, not all of these components are necessarily subject to the peer-review process. You will need to read a specific publication's editorial policies to determine whether their letters to the editor, book reviews, and news briefs are peer-reviewed prior to publication, or whether they just review feature-length research articles.