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ENGL 2000 (Bush): Databases

This research guide will help you with your annotated bibliography for ENGL 2000.

Step 5: Searching the Databases

Scholarly Sources:


  • Select the Full Text button to get access to only articles you can read immediately.
  • Select the Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journals button to limit your results to only scholarly sources.
  • Too many results? Add additional keywords to the search boxes or use the date range box to limit results to just the most recent 10 years. Too few results? Search using a broader keyword.
  • Once you've selected an article, click on the yellow paper Cite icon to cite your source (but remember that it is machine-generated, so you will need to fix it).

News Sources:


  • Use the Quick Links bar on the front page to select Louisiana News Sources before you search.
  • Use the Data Selector on your results page to limit your results to more recent articles.
  • Select Newspaper as your source type for the most trustworthy information.

Step 6: Evaluating Sources

How do I know if my source is scholarly?

  • If you're using Academic Search Complete, select the Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Journals button to limit results to just scholarly articles. The only results you will get that are not scholarly are things marked as a book review or letter to the editor. Those should be clearly marked in the title so you can weed them out.
  • Scholarly articles always list their references (usually at the end of the article or the bottom of each page).
  • Scholarly articles always list their authors and what university or organization they work for.
  • Scholarly articles have volume and issue numbers (but be careful, as magazines do too).
  • Recent scholarly articles have what's called a DOI number. This is a unique identifier for each journal article.
  • Still unsure? Ask your librarian!
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