All Monmouth University students, faculty, and employees have access to subscription databases on campus. Remote access requires entry of username and password for verification. MU username is your student ID (e.g. s0123456). Search the Library's A-Z Database List for a specific database, Databases by Subject, or use links in research guides.
Use the word "AND" to combine your keywords to make your search more specific.
eg. "substance abuse" AND domestic violence
Use synonyms and alternative terms. Related terms, broader or narrower, will also bring up relevant results.
eg. teenagers | adolescents | youth
Use "quotation marks" to search for phrases.
Use Truncation "*" to search for words with common roots without entering them individually.
eg. searching for teen* retrieves teen, teens, teenaged, teenagers
You can limit search results in many databases to academic/peer-reviewed journals, by publication date, or full-text only.
· Colorful covers
· Glossy paper
· Articles on current
· General interest
· Short articles
· Written by general staff
· Reviewed by general
· No bibliographies
· Usually called magazine
· Articles on industry
· Short articles
· Written for members
of specific industry
· Written by staff or
experts in the field
· Short or no
· Plain cover, plain paper
· No ads
· Primary research, theories, methodologies
· Lengthy, in-depth articles
· Written for researchers &
· Written by experts in the
field & researchers
· Peer review by subject
· Extensive bibliographies &
If you try searching Google Scholar below, you may find some scholarly full-text materials available for free. You can also check to see if we have them for free via one of our research databases. Go to Journal Locator and type in the journal title in which the article was published. For help using Journal Locator, view our tutorial.
In most databases, you can use filters to limit search results to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. Peer-reviewed articles are reviewed by experts in the same field prior to publication.
How do you know an article is scholarly?