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.
Research databases are key to conducting comprehensive or specific searches of the scholarly literature across many different publishers and journals. They include special tools and filters to help you narrow and expand your search. Many databases, such as Web of Science, have more advanced search tools than Google Scholar and will allow one to more efficiently find the literature that they are looking for.
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.
Request materials through Interlibrary Loan by following the instructions for ILLiad.
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.
Hint: Install the LibKey Nomad browser extension to have easier access to the full-text.
If you need help accessing articles, please contact the science librarian team at firstname.lastname@example.org.