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There are many routes you can use to find scientific research articles (aka - scholarly articles, peer reviewed articles, journal articles or original research articles). This guide will give you options for several of those routes.
1. If you have a topic, but no specific articles in mind - start with the databases suggested on this page.
2. If you have the names of some specific sources, but don't have the full-text. Use 1Search to look for the title.
3. If you want to find specific kinds of sources, like review articles, look at the tips for finding review articles on this page.
A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature.
Find out how to set your preferences in Google Scholar, so you can use OSU Libraries subscriptions to get free access to content that is not free on the web:
Look for the button to open the full article.
Options for getting to the PDF will open in a new window. Sometimes the link will take you to the journal, not the individual article. Use the citation information for the article to get to the right year, volume and issue of the journal.
If the library doesn't have it, request the article for free from Interlibrary Loan: https://library.oregonstate.edu/illiad On average, articles arrive digitally in 13 hours.
Most databases allow you to narrow your search to certain kinds of articles - like review articles. Look for narrowing options (called facets) on the side of your search results page.
This example is from a Web of Science search. After searching for my keywords, I looked on the left-hand side of the page to refine my results by review articles. This lets me see articles that provide a broader summary of the research on my topic.
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