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GEO 100: Finding Scholarly Sources

  Library Research

The databases below can be accessed on-campus or off-campus using your MUID credentials. These resources are not freely available to just anyone-- they are specifically provided to you as Marshall University students. To access them, you can either click on the green database names below, or, you can view the entire library database list at

(Reminder: if you are signing in for the first time today, and/or are signing in off-campus, you will be asked to enter your MUID credentials.)

 Peer-Reviewed Sources

In some library databases, there is an option to narrow your search results to peer-reviewed only. These are scholarly sources that have undergone an extra level of authenticity by being approved regarding the content: Is the research up-do-date? Is it contributing something to the field? Is it presenting all sides? If not, is it at least acknowledging the lack? Are the structure and citations correctly formatted? 

ScienceDirect Database (link below) - you may notice there is no way to narrow your search results to peer-reviewed in the ScienceDirect database. That is because all of the articles contained in ScienceDirect are already peer-reviewed. 

Expert tip: look for any options to narrow down your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed only. Typically, this option is located on the left side, the right side of a search page, or at the top or bottom. Sometimes, you will need to look for and click on the Advanced Search option to find this. Sometimes, though, it is simply not available as an option. 

 Full-text Database versus Index

GeoRef Database (link below) - this database is an index, meaning there will be very few (if any) full-text articles. Rather, GeoRef is a portal for discovering articles on a given topic, and there will be links such as "Access Full Text" or "Find Full Text." Often, these links will open a different database in a new window. Once there, you may need to search for the title of the article you are looking for.

  Government Documents: Online Resources

Marshall University Libraries department of Government Documents provides easy access to our government's publications:


  Looking for a specific journal? 

If you have the name of a scholarly journal (examples: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Geographical Review, etc.), you can enter that title into Browzine, our journal search database, and instantly see which volumes and issues we have access to:

Geography & Earth Science Databases (click on the green title to access each platform):

eBooks ( (click on the green title to access each platform):