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S W 381R - Human Behavior & the Social Environment

Scholarly Articles

What is a Scholarly Article?

Scholarly articles are written by experts in a particular field and vetted by other experts to ensure that an article is of appropriate scholarly quality. This process is called peer-review. You can learn more about peer review and how to determine if an article is peer reviewed on the next page.

To search for scholarly articles, you will want to use the databases available through UT Libraries. A few of the databases most relevant for social work are included below. These databases allow you to limit your search to only peer-reviewed articles.

Where to find scholarly articles

Note: not all articles in Google Scholar are peer reviewed. Please see the next page on evaluating your sources.

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Search Tips

Take some time to plan out your search strategy in advance. Remember these important search tips.

1) Don't search wth your topic as a single phrase. Determine the key concepts of your topic. Then place each concept in its own search bar.

2) Use ORs to string together synonyms or related terms for core concepts.

3) Look for the "peer reviewed" limit in each database. You can set this limit on the main search screen (before you search) or narrow your results after you've started your search.

4) Set date limits as appropriate for your topic.


Where's the Article?

If you don’t see a .pdf of the article you want, click Find it to find it in another database or in print in the Libraries.

If it is only in print in the Libraries or we don’t own the article, click Get scan to have the article emailed to you. This option will take a few days.

Troubleshooting Electronic Resources

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