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CHD1020 Child & Adolescent Development: Locating Scholarly Articles

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles

You can simultaneously search about a third of our 93 databases by searching in the Articles search box on the Library's homepage. Note: It's the second tab over. Make sure you're not in WorldCat (which is best for books). Screenshot of the Articles search box

Ways to Limit Results in a Database

When using a library database, you have much more control over your search results and there are more ways to quickly access high quality and relevant articles on your topic than in a search engine like Google. Most library databases allow you to find articles based on subject terms and you can usually limit results to:

  • Full text

  • Peer reviewed

  • A specific publication date range

You can also:

  • Search abstracts for methodology (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods, social surveys, etc.)
  • If desired, use the Boolean ‘NOT’ to exclude “literature reviews” and “systematic reviews”

Ryan Library Databases for Child Development

Ryan Library Databases are subscriptions provided to the PLNU community for online access to periodical articles and/or citations. Use your PLNU OneLogin to access these databases (it's the same information you use for other PLNU Gmail and Canvas accounts).

Recommended databases for child development research include:

Database Search Strategies