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Counseling and Student Personnel

A guide identifing basic resources to consult when conducting research in the fields of mental health, community, and school counseling as well as college student affairs.

Journal Databases

Additional Journal Articles Databases

Allied Health journal article databases

What is a Peer-Reviewed Journal?

What is a “peer-reviewed” journal?

  • Submissions are usually reviewed by professionals, such as professors, research scientists, or other scholars
  • The scholarly professionals or “peers” have qualifications and interests similar to the authors
  • Acceptance for publication is usually selective
  • An editorial board may manage the journal, its contents, and the review process
  • The journal is often searchable in prominent indexes within the discipline

Common elements of a scholarly or “peer-reviewed” journal article

Abstract – What is this article about? The abstract is a concise summary.

Introduction – What is the key problem, issue, or question?

Method – How will the author investigate the problem? With a laboratory test? Or a survey? Or another type of study?

Results – Research findings, including observations, statistics, graphs, etc.

Discussion / Conclusion – What did the author learn? What did the study prove? What questions are still unanswered?

References – What other scholarly articles did the author consult when conducting this research and writing this article?

Finding Journal Articles at MSU Guide

See our Journal Articles guide to learn more about finding articles for your research.

Find a Journal, Magazine, or Newspaper

The following search box lists journals, magazines and newspapers available (both print and electronic) from Memorial Library. This link is most useful when you have a citation for a journal and would like to see if we own it.

Access one journal, magazine, or newspaper

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