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Gender Studies: Articles/Databases

Journal vs. Magazine

Peer-reviewed (also referred to as scholarly) articles appear in academic or professional journals.  The term "peer-review" means that the content of each article is reviewed by a panel of experts for accuracy and authority prior to publication.  Common components of a scholarly article include author credentials, literature review, methodology (if a research article), findings (if a research article), conclusions and a reference bibliography.

Magazine articles often do not include a reference bibliography, and in some cases the author and credentials are not listed.  Without that type of information, it is difficult to verify the source.  For most research projects, your professors will expect you to use strong, verifiable sources that have undergone peer-review prior to publishing.

Databases

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Looking for an article that is not available in a library database?  The library will attempt to get a copy for you.

See the library website for more information on Interlibrary Loan policies and procedures.

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Placing Holds

For several of the items listed within this guide, we do not currently own a copy on our shelves. For these items that have the designation Available for request (place hold) and Interlibrary Loan users can click the Place Hold button for items within other PALNI libraries. Once clicked, sign in with your MU credentials, click submit, and the request has been placed. Once a requested item has been delivered to us, an automatic confirmation email will be sent. Try it out with our self-paced tutorial

Doesn't this sound like Interlibrary Loan? Yes, it is similar but this service, called PALShare, is another way to get items delivered slightly faster than normal ILL. Here's a chart breaking down the difference between the two services.