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International Student Guide

How to find articles

Glossary of Important Terms

  • Abstract: A brief summary of an article. The abstract for a scholarly article will summarize the authors' research purpose, methods, and conclusions.
  • Database: A collection of information, usually electronic. Usually refers to a place you can search for articles in journals and magazines. Databases index (or organize) articles, so that they are online and searchable. An example of a UWM database would be: Academic Search Complete.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): A library service that allows you to request books and articles we do not own at UWM.
  • Peer Review (Refereed): Articles published in peer reviewed journals have been reviewed and edited by a board of expert editors.
  • Scholarly Source: Scholarly sources are different from news sources because rather than reporting an event, scholarly sources ask and answer questions through some form of analysis. Scholarly sources are written by experts-- people who know a lot about their subject like professors-- and they also refer to other sources in a works cited/references list to show where their information came from originally.
  • Open Access: Scholarly publications that can be freely accessed by the general public online.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Off campus? Set Google Scholar to link to Get it! at UWM:

From the Google Scholar home page, click on the "Settings" gear on the top of the page.

  1. Select “Library Links” from the left column
  2. Search for “University of Wisconsin Milwaukee” and check the "UWM" box that appears
  3. Save!

When you find a good article, click on the "Get IT! (UWM Libraries)" link - not the title