Q. How do I find journal articles that contain an experiment or correlational research?

I have to find journal articles on topics we've discussed in my class. The articles must:

  1. Be found in peer-reviewed journals
  2. Contain an EXPERIMENT conducted by the authors of the article OR
  3. Contain CORRELATIONAL RESEARCHconducted by the authors of the article
  4. Be published during or after a certain year

How should I approach this?


Here is what you need to understand, and do, to find peer-reviewed, scholarly articles containing experimental or correlational research, using the library's resources:

  1. All journal articles available through the FCC library can be found in our research databases. To select an appropriate database for your topic, click the arrow in the "All Subjects" box and select the subject you think your topic most closely falls under. You will then see a list of top databases we recommend searching for journal articles on that subject. 
  2. The best way to search a scholarly database is to think of the general keywords or subject terms that would likely be associated with the articles that you are looking for. For detailed guidance on how to do this, please see How to Search Databases (especially the box "Craft Keywords from a Research Question").
  3. There is no simple way to limit articles to those that are correlational research or experiments. The best thing to do is look through the article titles that might have words like "assessment" or  "observation" or "effect" or "analysis" or "data", but you won't know if you have the type of article you need, until you click on the article itself and look at the "Methods" section. 

You are always welcome and encouraged to connect with the Librarians at FCC's Bess and Frank Gladhill Learning Commons by using our Ask a Librarian service, in order to assist with any academic information needs.

  • Last Updated Mar 19, 2020
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  • Answered By Rebecca Montgomery

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