How to Get Started on Research
The standard for excellence in scholarly communication is the peer review process. In the peer review process, a scholar submits his or her work to a panel of peers who evaluate the work in terms of methodology, originality, and documentation. The next time that you get back a paper with red marks from the pen of your professor, consider that your professor had his or her work scrutinized with perhaps even greater care. It is not uncommon for a scholarly work to go through several rounds of editing before it is accepted for publication.
We recommend that you begin your research using the EBSCO Research Databases which includes more than twenty databases. Searching EBSCO will identify articles from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers. While magazine and newspaper articles can be useful, we recommend that you limit your search to scholarly journals. Keep in mind that scholarly journals employ this peer review process for significant work. Other kinds of work--letters to editor, commentaries, book reviews, and opinion--do not go through such rigorous analysis.
Another option is to use the Journal List A-Z to identify a journal in your discipline and then browse or search this particular journal.