should you go about finding scholarly articles (from peer-reviewed
journals), especially if you are distance students who do not have
physically to the ISU University Library?
Below I describe what you should do:
(1) First do a Google Search (using Google Scholar) to find articles in
you are interested.
Let's say you find an abstract for an article in the journal "Science
Magazine" that you think looks promising. Remember, you are looking for
article in a peer-reviewed journal. Scholarly sources are *not*
magazines intended for the general public, websites like Wikipedia
reviewed by the general public, not experts in a given field), or
(which are directed at the general public rather than professionals in
(2) Next, you should go to the website for "Science Magazine" and
check that the articles are peer-reviewed. You are in luck! You find that "Science Magazine" is
peer-reviewed, which means that it sends manuscripts to experts in the
decide whether the manuscripts should be accepted for publication,
or rejected. However, unfortunately, you
can only view the abstract. You need the whole article!
(3) You should make sure you know the authors, publication year, title,
name, volume, and page number of the article you want.
(4) Finally, you should contact the ISU Library reference people
ask them how to get a copy of that article...or if you are on campus
you can go
Here's a website link to the ISU University Library reference area:
If you go to this web page, you will see it has options for online and
students who need help finding articles. The ISU library has a live
which you can ask a reference librarian your questions. They also have
number and e-mail address for contacting them. Ideally you will be able
them your reference citation and they can help you find it, perhaps
loan if necessary. This may involve them sending you an e-mail copy of
I hope this helps!
World Food Issues teaching assistant