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Scholary vs. Popular Sources: Finding Articles


The Ventura College Library has online resources called article databases, or online databases, or eResources, or electronic resources, or just databases!  The databases are collections of magazine, journal and newspaper articles that you can search by subject. 

For help on using some of the Ventura College databases, check out our online tutorials.

How do I know if my articles are peer-reviewed?

Academic or scholarly journal items are made distinct from popular sources in all of our databases by grouping them separately or indicating them with an icon, such as :




Further refinement for the peer-reviewed articles of an academic journal can be done during an initial search or by modifying search results.

  • Proquest allows you to choose the peer-reviewed articles on the search page:

or from the right-hand column of the results page:


  • EBSCO allows you to choose only the peer-reviewed articles of a scholarly journal on the main page:


Or, you can go to the Refine Results column on the left-hand side of the page and choose only peer-reviewed articles:


  • Ovid and Medline articles are peer-reviewed.

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