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Many of your instructors will require you to use scholarly or peer reviewed sources in your research. Peer review is a process scholarly writing goes through prior to publication in which subject matter experts review and make suggestions for revision to ensure that the research meets rigorous standards for the field. Peer reviewed research can come in the form of books or articles. Use the tools below to find scholarly sources.


To search for scholarly articles in Scout, be sure to select the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" or "Academic Journals" limiter in the menus on the left side of the page.

Each of these limiters will get you slightly different results, so it is helpful to try each one separately.

Scholarly articles will be indicated in Scout with the icon on the below right.

Screenshot of location limiters in scout Screenshot of source type limiter in scout screenshot of academic journal icon in Scout


UA Libraries subscribes to approximately 600 databases that provide access to sources not available on the open web, including historical and archival material, video, audio, images, and scholarship in all disciplines. Scout searches many, but not all, of those databases. Since Scout returns so many results, it can often be useful to search in specific databases for more targeted search results, especially as you begin to do more advanced research.

The databases linked below are some of the most commonly used; check out the Newspapers and Magazines and Finding Primary Sources tabs for more databases, visit the library or ask a librarian if you need more help!


Screenshot of format limiters in Scout with "Print Books" checked.To search for books in Scout, be sure to select the "Print Books" or "eBooks" limiter on the left side of the results page.

The video below gives a brief walkthrough of how to find a print book in Scout and locate it in the stacks.

UA Libraries has a large collection of ebooks, searchable in Scout or the catalog. The video below walks through the process for accessing and downloading ebooks to read on your device.

If you found a citation for a book that UA Libraries doesn't have in our collection, you can request it via Interlibrary Loan. The video below walks you through the process.