I need to find peer-reviewed articles


The library pays for you to access hundreds of thousands of articles through our library databases. Here are a few ways to find them. 


1. Use OneSearch on the library home page


Start on the library homepage, and in the OneSearch box, enter the keywords for your topic and click Articles.  


Library homepage, with the OneSearch box highlighted and articles selected


The next page wil display your results.  On the left side of the screen, click the option for Peer Reviewed Journals.  Articles with full text will display an Online full text available link. Articles without full text can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.


OneSearch results page, with Peer Reviewed Journals limit and full text links highlighted


2. Use a library database


Start at the library homepage and select a database, using either the Databases by SubjectDatabases A-Z, or Getting Started.  Make sure you read the database description, since not all databases will contain peer-reviewed articles.  Or Ask a Librarian for a database suggestion.


Library homepage, with databases options highlighted


Locate, and check the box for Peer-reviewed / Scholarly. Each database with peer-reviewed articles will have this checkbox somewhere, but it might be in a slightly different place.

A selection of limiters with the box for 'Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals' checked.

3. Use Google Scholar

If you aren't on the Fresno State campus, the first thing you will need to do is to change your settings in Google Scholar to link to the library's holdings information (so you can find out if and where we have it and how to get the full text). If you just click on the title of an article in Google Scholar, you will most likely be asked to purchase the article. 

First, click on the "Settings" link in Google Scholar

Google Scholar home page with the link for "Settings" highlighted.

Then, click on "Library Links." 

Google Scholar page with the link for "Library Links" highlighted.

Next, search for "Fresno State" and check the box next to "CSU Fresno - Find it at Fresno State" and click "Save." 

Google Scholar page highlighting the option for Find It at Fresno State.

Now, when you do a search in Google Scholar, you will see an extra link either below or to the right of the article citation (you may need to click on "More" to see it). 

Citation in Google Scholar with the Find it at Fresno State link highlighted.

The Find it @ Fresno State page tells you where to access the full text if we have it or will link you to interlibrary loan to request it (may take up to 2 weeks, but most arrive much quicker). Keep in mind that most of the library's articles are available electronically through the databases but there are some that are in print or microfilm. Stop by the Research Help Desk on the first floor of the library if you need help finding these articles. 

Find it at Fresno State result screen, with full text links highlighted.