Below are the research databases we recommend for starting your article search. You can use these to locate articles in scholarly journals as well as trade publications.
Remember: It's good research strategy to do your searches in MORE THAN ONE database.
To browse the more than 100 databases the Library offers you, please visit our Research database page.
Try these free, open access databases for articles, research, and government reports.
Not all journals and academic publishers are legitimate. Some use deceptive tactics to lure authors into paying to have their work published in for-profit journals that use little or no peer-review.
Check this guide from University of Saskatchewan Library for further details.
If database searching is new for you, learn the benefits of using them in your research, with this short video from Yavapai Community College Library.
Don't know if KPU has a particular journal or magazine? Use the Journal by Title search to find out if the Library subscribes.
Once you've searched the Library's databases, check Google Scholar for more articles and reports. Use the "Where Can I Get This?" link to take you to articles available through KPU's subscriptions.
Using Google Scholar off campus? Go to "settings", then look for "library links". Add Kwantlen Polytechnic University Library, and your search results will include links to items available through the Library's collection.
You've been asked to only use scholarly sources in your assignment, but how do you really know what you're looking at?
Check out KPU Library's guide on how to distinguish different kinds of publications.
You will need to find at least one article from a peer-reviewed, scientific journal reporting on primary research.
If you are not sure what this kind of literature is, take a look a the "Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade Publications" on the tab above.
Below are three different articles on the subject of topdressing turfgrass with compost. Review each one, and pick which article would be considered the most scholalry.