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Scholarly Sources

Tips for Finding Scholarly Sources

UW-Green Bay Libraries offer a great place to start, but be aware that not everything in the library is scholarly. In addition to many scholarly resources, the library's collection includes many non-scholarly resources, including newspapers, magazines, and trade journals. The following tips will help you find scholarly sources on your topic.

Scholarly Journal Articles


  • Start with Search@UW, found on the library's homepage and on this page. On the search results screen, select "Peer-reviewed" under "Refine my Results" to limit to those that appear in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Be aware that the results may still include non-scholarly forms of professional communication that appear in scholarly journals, such as book reviews and letters to the editor.
  • Use the UW-Green Bay Libraries databases to search for peer-reviewed journal articles. Use our Search by Subject page to locate the subject area most relevant to your topic.
    • Many databases contain more than just peer-reviewed journal articles, but most will have search options that let you limit your results to peer-reviewed or scholarly journals.
  • Google Scholar is another source for locating citations to scholarly journal articles. Check out our guide on Using Google Scholar for search tips.



Scholarly Books and Book Chapters

  • Use Search@UW to find books and e-books at UW-Green Bay, as well as books from the rest of the UW Libraries.
    • Change your search scope from "Everything" to "UWGB Books, media & more" to see what's available to you on campus and online. Change the scope to "UW Libraries Books, media & more" to add titles you can request from other UW Libraries.
    • Keep in mind that not all books will be considered scholarly. Look for the characteristics of scholarly sources described earlier in this guide.