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PSW Virtual Library Orientation

Scholarly Journals

Academic or 'scholarly' journal articles are those that have been researched and authored by professional researchers or experts in a particular field.

Unlike the entertainment or news-driven information commonly found in magazines and newspapers, scholarly journals have been written with an audience of researchers and academics in mind. For research, particularly within the field of health sciences, scholarly journal articles are the leading source of information.


Searching for Scholarly Journal Articles


Humber Libraries' Discover search is a broad, multidisciplinary search tool - think of Discover as a "Google" search for the library. With Discover you can:

  • Search for books, articles and more all from the same search box;
  • Search a wide range of article databases from one place;
  • Filter your results by content type, library location, subject terms or date;
  • Easily limit your searches to full-text articles or peer-reviewed journals.

Discover is a great place to start your search for Scholarly Journal Articles because it's broad search capabilities capture results from a wide range of topics and resources. The video below explains how to start your search for information at

To search for books and eBooks, enter your keywords into Discover. When on the results page, select 
Journal Article under 
the Content Type selection area on the left side of the page.

Subject-Specific Journal Databases

While Discover searches a wide range of the library's collection, a search within a specific database offers advanced search functionality. If your results in Discover are too broad or unfocused, try these some of the databases suggested. 

Tip: Not all journal databases function in the same way Discover does. If you're struggling to use any library resources, or can't seem to find the right information, contact the library for help.

Scholarly Journals

Peer reviewed articles have undergone a process of evaluation by subject specific experts (peers) to ensure that information is accurate, high quality, and academically sound. Peer reviewed articles contain original research to be shared with researchers and other professionals.

Not all articles are peer reviewed. To find peer reviewed articles:

  • Look for a "Peer Review" or "refereed" search limiter when conducting your search (see example below)
  • Check the website of the publication your article was published in. Most journals will state whether the articles within are peer reviewed.