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American National Government: Articles

Looking for Articles

Use research databases to search for articles. Most databases allow you to limit to scholarly or peer reviewed articles. Some databases will return full text articles, and abstracts or summaries of articles.

Use the GET ARTICLE or LINK TO FULL TEXT link to see if an article is available in another database. If an article is unavailable through Monmouth University Library it may be requested through 
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Use the Journal Locator to search for or within a journal or periodical.

Enter the title of the periodical, such as American Historical Review, College English, or the Wall Street Journal. The Locator will let you know if MU has access to the title.


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Use these databases to search for journal artilces. Be sure to limit your results to scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

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What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly (or peer-reviewed) articles report on new research. They are published in discipline-specific academic journals in order to make such information available to other scholars and academics. Here are some characteristics.

  • A scholarly journal accepts only articles that have been reviewed by a panel of experts in the field.
  • Authors are usually experts or scholars in their field. The author's credentials and affiliations are usually listed.
  • The language of scholarly journals is that of the discipline covered. It assumes subject matter knowledge on the part of the reader.
  • Scholarly articles always cite information sources using footnotes, endnotes, and/or bibliographies.
  • Scholarly articles are often quite long, and can include charts, graphs, and collected data.