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GEOL 115: Earth Systems and Climate Change

Finding a Peer-Reviewed Article

Now that you have more of an idea of what a peer-reviewed scientific journal is, you can log into the Environment Complete library database. When searching for a specific phrase, it is best to use quotation marks. Searching for a phrase like ocean acidification without quotes would return any article with the keywords "ocean" and "acidification", including some that are not actually about "ocean acidification."
Choose an article published in a peer-reviewed journal within the past five years.  You can limit your results from the search page by selecting the checkbox for Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals and by restricting the date range (see image below).  The Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) search option is not perfect, so you will still have to use your judgment to decide if an article really is peer reviewed.

Remember, you can always use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to get articles that we don't have at JMU.
For more information on identifying peer-reviewed articles, see this Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles handout.