You never need to pay for an article! If we do not have access to an article, you can use our Interlibrary Loan Service (ILLiad). A free PDF of the article will be emailed to you.
The LibKey Nomad browser extension provides one-click access to the Libraries' full text resources as you find research on the web and in databases. Find information on how to install here.
You will encounter many types of articles and it is important to distinguish between these different categories of scholarly literature. Keep in mind the following definitions.
PRIMARY RESEARCH ARTICLE: A primary research article describes an empirical study that aims to gain new knowledge on a topic through direct or indirect observation and research. These include quantitative or qualitative data and analysis. In science, a primary article will often include the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.
REVIEW ARTICLE: In the scientific literature, this is a type of article that provides a synthesis of existing research on a particular topic. These are useful when you want to get an idea of a body of research that you are not yet familiar with.
PEER-REVIEWED: Refers to articles that have undergone a rigorous review process by peers in their discipline, often including revisions to the original manuscript, before publication in a scholarly journal. Primary research articles in reputable psychology journals are always peer-reviewed. Reviews are often peer-reviewed as well.
Most research articles are not publicly available and require an institutional subscription to access them. If you have citations for specific articles, search for the article in the Library Catalog to see if have access to it. The Catalog will show whether or not we have access to the electronic version and/or the print version. If the CMU library collection doesn't have what you're looking for, you can request an article scan via Interlibrary Loan.
You can also search for specific articles by putting the article title in the Title field of the Web of Science database or in Google Scholar.
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If you need help accessing articles, please contact a librarian by filling out the form on this page.
Therefore, by finding a single relevant paper, we can easily find many more relevant articles by looking at the Cited References and Times Cited links. Together, all of these articles will help us understand how this article has contributed to the collective body of knowledge on this topic.