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FAS 370: Family Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

Finding Scholarly Articles

Do you have an assignment that requires you to find scholarly journal articles on a topic? In the box below you will find links to some databases that include articles like that. All of these databases except Google Scholar will have a way that you can limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. If you are unclear about whether or not an article or journal is scholarly, check out some of the guidelines under this tab: Characteristics of a Scholarly Article.

Selected Databases for Marriage and Family Research

PsycInfo: Covers all areas of psychology and is also a primary database for research in family studies and human development. Click on the "peer-reviewed" option to limit your results to just that type of publication. The search boxes allow you to combine concepts to narrow your search. Example: social anxiety AND treatment effectiveness.

Academic Search Premier: Also known as Ebscohost. Covers a wide variety of journals in all subject areas including the social sciences. Also covers a lot of popular magazines that are not research-based, so be sure to click the box for "scholarly peer reviewed journals".

Family Studies Abstracts:  Family Studies Abstracts covers essential areas related to family studies, including marriage, divorce, family therapy, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline. Remember to click the box for "scholarly peer reviewed journals" if that is the only type of material you want to find.

SocIndex with Fulltext: Searches the same way as Academic Search Premier, but adds coverage for some additional social science journals. You may want to search both databases for a more comprehensive search. Use the "advanced search" option and click on "scholarly peer reviewed journals".

Google Scholar: Enables you to search Google specifically for scholarly literature. Covers a wide variety of journals in all subject areas including the social sciences. A good place to start your research; just remember that it is not comprehensive and unfortunately there is no way to limit to peer-reviewed materials. There are also no abstracts to view. Use the "advanced search" option to focus your search more effectively. You can get to the "advanced search" option by clicking on the three little lines in the upper left corner of the search page.

Remember: Once you have done a search in a database, look for a link to full text. That is the first place to click to find the article. If you don't see something that says full text, click the yellow "get it @ ASU" button. That will also lead you to the article if the library has it online. 

Other databases may be relevant, depending upon your topic. You can use the subject pull down menus on the research databases page or check out the "article databases" tab on the three Library Guides for research in sociology, psychology, and family and human development listed on the How to Get Help page on this guide. You could also use Library One Search at


Having Trouble Finding Your Article?

The yellow "Get it @ ASU" links or other full-text links within our databases should take you to the article if we have it. But if it doesn't, it's a good idea to check further. There's a good chance that we might still have the article you need. There are three ways that you can do this:

Search the title of the article in Library One Search. If you put the title of the article in quotation marks into the search box it will be a little more specific, but that's not always necessary. Usually just a simple cut and paste will work.

Search the title of the article in Google Scholar. Sometimes there's a direct PDF link in Google Scholar but if not, use the "get it @ ASU" links to take you to the article if the library has access to it. 

If those methods don't work you can also use our Journal Title Lookup feature to lead you to the full text online if we have it or to see if we have it in print.

These are also the methods you can use to find an article if you have gotten a reference from another source, such as a bibliography, and already know the citation information (journal name, volume number, date, etc.).

Citing Your Sources

There is no online access to the complete APA Style Manual. We have print copies in the Libraries, but the only online access you can purchase is the section on electronic references and that is only available for a Kindle from Amazon or as a PDF file from the APA. However there are many free resource on the web that usually work well for most people. The official APA Style site has a great deal of information and a lot of helpful examples.

PsycInfo can also help. PsycInfo and many other databases will have a "cite" button or something similar that will allow you to generate a citation for your bibliography. This is great! Just be sure to treat this as a "first draft" of the citation and check it very carefully for mistakes.

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