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MEERL Program Library Guide

Research & Instruction Librarian

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Maggie Gordon
Douglas Library
Room 520
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Finding Articles

Peer-reviewed journal articles are important scientific communication tools. The peer-review publication process helps to ensure that the research findings are trustworthy, accurate, and of value to the field. They often contain the first reports of new research and sometimes contain literature review summaries of past research conducted on a topic that is of current interest.

TIP: Start your search with some of the multidisciplinary databases like Scopus or Web of Science as they likely already cover many of the journals located in the subject-specific databases. 

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Looking for something else?

You can browse all databases that QUL subscribes to by subject from the QUL website


Use Omni to search the library's catalogue for books, articles, videos, maps, government documents, music, data sets, open access materials, and more. You can discover materials that are not available at Queen's but that you can freely request either within Omni or through interlibrary loan. 

How to Read a Scientific Paper

Where's the Article?

If the full-text is not available in the database, click on the Get It @ Queen's button to see if the article is available electronically (either from a journal or another database) or in print.

If the article is not available, you can request a copy using Interlibrary Loans. It's free!