Finding Peer-Reviewed Articles

You can use the Library’s subscription databases to find articles from academic journals, magazines, and newspapers. Library databases provide you with authoritative, credible information of a higher quality than what you might find in a general Google search. Specifically, Library databases link you to peer-reviewed journal articles, a must for academic assignments!

Select Databases

Go to the Library’s databases page to find the list of databases you have access to through the Library.

Find the databases page by using the drop down menu under “Articles & More: Databases” to select the “All Databases” option. Then, click “Go.”

selecting all databases on the database menu

This will take you to an alphabetical list of databases. Suggested resources for your OL 111 assignment:

Academic Search Premier – A general starting point.
– ERIC stands for Educational Resources Information Center; this database includes many articles about outdoor and experiential education.
Professional Development Collection – This database, also for educators, covers outdoor and experiential education.

See search tips for searching the databases effectively.

Specific Journal Titles

There are several academic journals devoted to the study of outdoor recreation and education. Browsing or searching within these specific titles may help you find resources for your essay.

Journal of Experiential Education
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

You can view a full list of journal titles relating to recreation and sports. This list includes both academic and non-academic resources.

Getting Articles

Full Text

Usually in a database or specific journal title, you will see a link like this if that you can click on to download, save, or print the full text of an article:

pdf full text link icon

If you see an icon like the one outlined in red below, click on it to check if we have the full-text of the article online via another resource provider:

search for full text icon

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If an article isn’t available immediately, you will have the option of making an Interlibrary Loan request (see image below), which means we will try to get the article from another library for you. It may take 2-7 days for an article to come in, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time.

Making a request is simple. First, you will need to register for ILL services. Registration is simple and quick and you only have to register the first time you wish to make a request. Register with OSU if you are an OSU-Cascades student.

Many of the databases will provide you with a direct link to the ILL service:

ILL Request link

Simply click on this link to go straight to the ILL request form.


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