Student Resources

Find articles in journals, magazines and newspapers. Don't forget books and ebooks!

Should I use Books?

Books are great for histories, how-tos, literature, and criticism.  These topics don't change, or do so infrequently so recording the information in a static way is a good thing.  Books tend to last a long time and will house this information well over that time.

UBorrow Search

Can't find it at UNF? Search the combined catalog of the State University Libraries in Florida.  You'll need to do this to use the UBorrow service.

Search Google Books

Get previews (often contents and a few pages) and in some cases, entire books online.  There are also past issues of many popular magazines like Jet, Life, New York, Boy's Life, Popular Science, and even Weekly World News.

Start here

Research can be a big task but knowing where to go and how to look can cut your search time significantly.  Start by asking yourself a few questions:

  • What kind of information do I need? Facts, opinions, statistics, case studies, literary criticism, assessment instruments, legal cases/decisions, and reviews are just a few to consider. 
  • What types of sources do I need?  Newspapers, magazines, journals, scholarly or peer-reviewed articles, government documents, electronic or print resources, microform, primary documents, e-books, traditional books, the Internet?
  • How current do my sources need to be?  Primary documents that may be quite old or the most current research on educating children with autism?
  • Where do I go for the best information on my topic?  OneSearch, the UNF Library catalog or other libraries (ILL), research databases, the Reference collection, government publications, or websites, etc.?

Assorted journalsA pile of books


Academic vs. Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed vs. Refereed

What's the difference between academic, scholarly, peer-reviewed, and refereed journal articles?  While those terms aren't fully interchangeable, they are all very similar.  Academic or scholarly journals are published in every academic discipline.  Articles in these journals are written by researchers, often experts, in their respective fields of study.

Peer-reviewed or refereed journals also contain articles by researchers and experts but before articles are published, they go through a read/review process.  Here's how it works.  I send my article to the American Journal of Journals to see if they'll publish it.  They contact several people in my field and ask them to review my work and make recommendations to the editors as to whether they should accept or reject my article.  Academic or scholarly journals may also be peer-reviewed or refereed journals but they might not so check carefully.

For a more in-depth look visit the Peer Reviewed/Refereed Articles guide.

Research Tools

Is this article from a scholarly/academic or peer-reviewed/refereed journal? Is there a way to keep track of my sources so I don't have to look them up every time I want to work? Can I get help with my bibliography/works cited page?

Yes! Here are a few tools that will help you manage your research.

Web Research Tools

Should I use Articles?

Research databases contain journal articles, news, reviews, studies, etc.  They are a good place to turn when you need the most current information on a topic or when you want to pinpoint a period in time and learn about research and findings during that time.

Research Databases


Try Google Scholar

Off campus?  You'll need to configure Google Scholar Settings to connect you to UNF's resources.

Librarians Can Help

Want to take a tour of the library? Do you need help collecting and evaluating resources for a project or paper? Finished your paper and now you have to cite sources in that special way the professor said to use? Expert librarians are glad to help you navigate library resources.


Subjects: General Research
Tags: basic research, library how-to