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Mathematics: Finding Articles | Databases

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What is Scholarly | Peer-Reviewed?

Most libraries subscribe to various types of periodicals, such as scholarly (which may be peer-reviewed), popular, or trade publications. Choosing which to use depends on your topic, the type of writing you are doing, your assignment, and the sources your professor wants you to use.  Many databases offer the option to limit to "Scholarly Journals" or "Peer Reviewed".  If you're not sure if a journal is considered scholarly/peer-reviewed, check Ulrich's but looking up the title of the journal.

Characteristics of a scholarly journal:
  • Usually reports on research or reviews the literature
  • Language is often technical and specific to the subject
  • Articles will contain a list of references cited in the paper.
  • Authors are usually researchers or experts in their field
  • Has little or no advertising
  • May have charts and graphs
  • Scholarly journals may or may not be peer-reviewed (see below)

What is a peer-reviewed journal??

A scholarly journal is peer-reviewed when there is an editorial board that decides which articles should be included for publication. These journals are generally thought to be of the highest quality. To determine if a journal is peer reviewed, look for an editorial board in the early pages or on the journal's Web site.

Top Journals in Math Education

For the full list of top-ranked journals in Mathematics Education, check out this article:

Suggested Research Databases

Consult the Mathematics Databases page for a comprehensive list of databases related to Mathematics. 

American Mathematical Society Journals 

Education Source | ERIC 

These two databases are particularly helpful for research in Mathematics Education 

General Science Full Text

Finding Obscure Citations

Trouble finding an article? Try these tips...

1. Get the full journal title: Many citations will abbreviate a journal title. Make sure you have the full title. Honestly, there are a lot of resources out there for finding full titles from abbreviations, but for the most obscure Google comes in handy here. 

2. Make sure you have the RIGHT title: Many journals have similar names. Check all the other details in your citation. Is the publisher the same? Are the volume details right (example: if the citation says Fall 2004, but the journal you've found is published monthly, you may have the wrong journal).

3. Search for the journal in our Periodical List. 

4. If you find the journal listed, click on "Full Text Access" to see your options of accessing the item on campus or through the library's website.

5. If the journal isn't in the Periodical List, or the years you need aren't available there, put in an InterLibrary Loan. It generally takes less than a few days to have it scanned from another library and emailed to you.

Periodical List

LinkSource checks our other databases to find a copy of your article in one of our other databases. Sometimes you'll see this image:


Citation Management

Have a lot of citations you want to enter in your works cited/references list? Try a citation manager.

Do you need the Web or Desktop version?


  • Organize your research Include citations while you write your paper
  • Build a bibliography in a variety of formats
  • Import references from library databases and Google Scholar.