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Graduate Students

Research guide for master's and PhD students at Rowan University (Glassboro campus)

Doing literature searching as a graduate student

Literature searching at the graduate level requires more sophisticated options than Google. This guide will help you find better sources more effectively. 

As a graduate student, your professors will expect you to find scholarly journal articles and papers on your own. If you have a complete citation or the name of a journal, visit the Find Journals section of this guide. Otherwise, you'll want to search by topic in an article database appropriate to your discipline to which the library subscribes.

Article Databases

Subscription databases provided by the library are the best way to locate published research in your field. Here are some of the most frequently used databases for graduate studies.

Each database has its own search engine which will generate a list of journal articles and conference papers on your specified topic. In most cases the full text of the article will be available through a PDF link.

The library subscribes to over 300 databases and electronic resources. The list below is only the tip of the iceberg! To see more database options, go to the A-Z Databases page and browse by Subject.