I say finding scientific articles through WorldCat, because it’s good to remember that, like Google, WorldCat is a gateway to a whole host of resources whose “homes” could be any number of different websites or databases. So when you search for scientific articles through WorldCat you aren’t limited just to EBSCOhost articles. Also included are PubMed, various open content journals and other academic journals with free online articles. This is EBSCOhost plus plus plus!
After entering your search topic in WorldCat, click “Go”. On the results page select “Peer-Reviewed” on the left side column. This narrows your results to articles published in journals that publish according to the peer-review model. Now begins the human work of reading through the results to find those that look promising as research reports. They will be 6 pages long at the very least. Anything less is not a research article, but a report summarizing other people’s research.
Once you get to the full text of an article, use the acronym IMRaD to help you remember the sections of a scientific research article:
An abstract summarizing the research and findings
An Introduction stating the problem
A Methods section that describing how the problem was studied
A Results section reporting the findings,
An Analysis section analyzing the numbers
A Discussion explaining the implications of the findings
A list of cited works or bibliography
Remember if you run into problems, help is just a click away anywhere you see “Ask a Librarian”!
For a printable guide to finding scientific research articles, click here. Finding Scientific Articles