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Library Services for Distance Students: Article Databases

Students taking all their courses online and who live outside of Kearney, NE are considered "distance students." Students fitting this description may request materials from the Calvin T. Ryan Library collections, as well as journal articles not availabl

What is a peer-reviewed journal?

Peer-reviewed journals (also called "scholarly" or "academic" journals) contain original research articles within a specific subject domain.

These articles are reviewed by other experts before publication and share many or all of these qualities:

  • List authors' names, email addresses, and affiliations (e.g. Univ. of Nebraska-Kearney)
  • Use section headers (these may vary): Abstract, Introduction, Literature Review, Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusion
  • Include tables or figures of statistical data
  • Cite references to other quality sources

NOTE: Some peer-reviewed journals will include literature reviews, book reviews, and opinion essays. None of these present original research however!

This table summarizes the differences between peer-reviewed journals and other periodicals, but please ask a librarian if you have further questions!


Know the title of the journal, magazine, or newspaper you're looking for? Use this search form to locate these online or in print through the UNK Library. 

If UNK doesn't have the journal, please consider using interlibrary loan to request an article from other libraries.

If you already have a citation and want full text, try Citation Linker

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