You will need to cite at least two peer-reviewed scholarly articles cited in your project. Since articles tend to be on very specific topics rather than general overviews, some areas of your project are better suited to information from journals.. For example, you will probably want to have article level information for project sections 6 and 7: 'Clinical Identification and Treatment' and 'Social Implications and Current Research."
Need more information about the basics of searching the library databases? Please check out the online tutorial for Academic Search Premier.
While you need two peer reviewed journal articles for your project, you may use additional articles from other reputable journals that are not peer reviewed, For example, MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, while full of excellent information is not scholarly/peer reviewed will not count towards the two scholarly journal references you need in your reference list, but it may be used to bring up your total number of citations.
1. Some things to consider when determining if an article is peer reviewed (source):
2. Some databases, like Academic Search Premier, allow you to click a check-box to say you only want peer reviewed journals. Although sometimes databases only indicate that a resource is scholarly without covering the level of peer review the articles undergo.
3. Search the Journal's website for Author Guidelines:
3. Still not sure if your article is peer-reviewed? Ask a Librarian: email@example.com
How to get the full-text of an article:
Note: The library discovery system lists all journals the SPU students have access to, no matter the format. At any time you can check to see if SPU has access to a title by searching from the box on the library homepage.
1. If you are already searching a library databse you may use the links within the database.
Here is an example where Full-text is available from this Journal Article supplier (e.g. EBSCO or ProQuest):
In this example, click on the 'check for full-text' link to see if SPU has full text from any of our journal article suppliers:
3. Check Google Scholar to see if the full article is available for free online:
Log into Google Scholar as an SPU student to see Full-Text@SPU Library links in addition to free articles.
4. Check for online full-text from any other place you may have online database access for example:
a. Your local public library (May not hold many scientific journals, but you may be surprised by what they do offer.)
b. If you go in-person to other area Universities you can usually download full-text articles from their databases.
5. Check to see if SPU has access to the journal title in any other format - for example microfilm or print copy:
a. Using the SPU Catalog link you can check to see if we own the title in paper or microfilm.
i. If we own the title in microfilm, use the from found on this page to request a scanned copy: http://spu.edu/library/about-the-library/services/other-services/microfilm-reprint-request (turnaround time: one business day)
ii. If we own the title in paper, you will need to come into the library and make a photocopy/scan for yourself
6. If you do not have access to the article any other way:
Fill out the Interlibrary Loan request form and we will try to get a copy of the article for you. Please see the library’s interlibrary loan page for more information: http://spu.edu/library/about-the-library/departments/interlibrary-loan