Welcome! Use this subject guide to help get you started with your literature research. Books, research databases, selected websites, and tips for and general information on using library resources, within the building or available on the internet, are all included. How you use this guide depends on the scope and depth of your research. If you get stuck don't forget to Ask Us!
Search by keyword, subject, author or title in Summon (BGSU library), the BGSU Library Catalog (BGSU), OhioLINK (Ohio libraries), or WorldCat (libraries around the world).
What are scholarly or peer reviewed articles?
Professors often require students to find scholarly and peer reviewed articles. These items:
How do I find scholarly or peer reviewed articles?
Many of the library's databases (e.g. Academic Search Complete, Business Search Complete, and PsycInfo) contain scholarly or peer reviewed material and allow you to limit your search to include only these articles in the results. Use the advanced search feature in a database to find the option to limit to this type of search.
Check the Ulrich's database to see if a journal is considered scholarly or is refereed (aka peer-reviewed).
In some disciplines, differences between scholarly and trade publications are not crystal clear. Your professor is the final arbiter of what is scholarly in a specific academic field of study.
The Music Library/Bill Schurk Sound Archives for recordings of writers reading their works. Find these items in the library catalog by limiting Material Type to: Spoken Word Recording.
The Browne Popular Culture Library for lots of great resources: magazines from the late 1800s to the present; books on popular and American culture; television and film scripts; alternative press materials from the 60s and 70s; and much, much more.
The Center for Archival Collections for diaries, journals, photographs, manuscripts, and numerous other primary source materials. Be sure to check out the items in the Rare Books and Special Collections link to find collections of Walt Whitman, Ray Bradbury, and more.