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Maxwell Library uses the Library of Congress Classification System. To locate your book in the General Collection look at the first letter of the call number. If it begins with the letter A-L, it will be on the second floor. If it starts with the letters M-Z, it will be on the third floor. Reference Books and periodicals are located on the first floor and may not be checked out.

  Reference Books

Literature Review

Online Databases

Some tips for searching these databases:

  • Some, but not all, of the records will have the full-text of the article attached. Click "Full Text Finder"  to find out if we have the article available in another database.
  • These databases require a BSU login.

How do I obtain an article if I have the citation?

Google Scholar Search

Enter the title of the article in the Google Scholar box to find out if it is available at Maxwell Library.

    Additional Help

Evaluating Sources: Use the CRAAP Test Method (It really helps!)

Library Hours

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What is a Peer Reviewed Journal?

Scholarly, or peer-reviewed journals contain articles that are written for scholars by scholars. Articles are generally based on original research conducted by the authors, and which go through the process of peer review - other scholars in the same field read and comment on the article and determine if it is worthy of publication. It is a lengthy process which can take up to several years. Some articles are never published. To identify a scholarly article in the Social Sciences look for these clues:

  • Is there an abstract?
  • Can you find an author affiliation?
  • Does the body of the article have headings such as "Introduction", "Methods", "Results", "Discussion", and "Conclusions" ? 
  • Are there References at the end?
  • Do you see charts, graphs, and tables, but few (if any) illustrations?

Scholarly Sources