What is a peer-reviewed article? Why is it important to you?
A peer-reviewed article is written by an expert in a particular field. The article must be reviewed by the author's peers, other experts in that field, to determine whether it is credible and of good quality. If an article is of good quality and passes the peer review process, it may then be published in an academic journal.
It is important to learn how to find peer-reviewed articles because you will need to cite them in your research papers. Unfortunately, many of the academic journals that contain peer-reviewed articles are very expensive, and you must pay a lot of money to access them. If you go on to study at an American college or university after you finish the CIES program, the campus library will receive part of the money (tuition and fees) you pay to attend school. The library will use some of this money for database subscriptions. You will be able to search through the databases your library has paid for to find journal articles.
Unfortunately, you must go to Strozier and use Strozier's computers to access FSU's databases. You cannot access them from off-campus. And you certainly will not be able to access them if you do not attend FSU after you finish the CIES program! This makes it more difficult for you to find peer-reviewed journal articles. However, there are some free journal articles available on the internet. The links in this section will help you find them.
Tip: Whenever you see something that says “full text”, click it! Then, you can read every article that appears in your search results. If you do not click “full text” you may see results that want you to pay money to read an article.
Tip: Whenever you see something that says “peer-reviewed” click it! Some databases have articles that are not peer-reviewed. You want to make sure you are selecting the best, most credible information for your papers.
These databases are not subject specific, meaning they cover many different subjects. You can search by your subject and find articles on a variety of topics. Some of these databases have theses and dissertations instead of peer-reviewed articles. Theses and dissertations are generally considered reliable sources, but always make sure to ask your instructor if they are acceptable sources to use in your assignments.
These databases will only give you articles in certain subject areas. Read the description under each database to find out what subjects each database covers.