Top Databases

Scholarly articles are written by authorities in a field, usually faculty members at a college or university.

The database you use to find scholarly articles will depend on the subject you are researching. Below are some good examples of databases. To find others, go to Reseach Help on the library website and choose Library Guides.Choose the subject area your topic falls under and then look at your course guide or the guide(s) that most closely matches your topic. Most of these guides will tell you the top databases and journals for that subject area.

Finding Full-Text of Articles

You want the full text of articles, right? There are several ways to find them.

  • Use the Get it! Cornell links wherever you see them!
  • If you have citations for specific articles: check the Library Catalog to see if we subscribe to the journals that contain the articles. Do a Journal Title search (or a Journal Title Abbreviation search if you're not sure of the full title). The Catalog will show whether or not we have access to the electronic version and/or the print version.
  • If we don't have it, we can get it for you in a few days! Request articles via Interlibrary Loan.

In any event, Reference librarians are here to help you - so please contact us with any questions!


Find web resources that provide scholarly information.

Google Scholar can also be a good source of scholarly information. To get the most out of this resource, see the Cornell website on Using Google Scholar to locate Cornell University Library resources

And be sure to look for Get it! Cornell links to access full text articles from Google Scholar.

Finding Scholarly Articles--Video

Scholarly vs. Popular articles

Introduction to Research--Evaluating Resources

Distinguishing Scholarly from Non-Scholarly Periodicals shows how to evaluate periodicals by looking at their format, intended audience, and appearance.

Off-Campus Access to Full-Text

If you're off-campus and want access to full-text, just go through the Library Gateway. You can log in with your netID and password to gain access to our licensed resources.

For anytime, anywhere access from your broswer, download the Passkey toolbar from CUL Labs.