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SOC 439: Social Justice and Environment (Professor Hardnack) [Spring 2021]

Scholarly Journal Articles


How do we know a source we've found is a scholarly journal article? Look for these clues:

  • written by scholars (with affiliations to universities or research institutions)
  • written for other scholars and students (and therefore difficult to read)
  • published in an academic journal with a peer-review process
    • Here are some examples:
      • Science, Technology, & Human Values
      • Capitalism Nature Socialism
      • Journal of Social Issues
  • structured format (abstract, introduction, etc...)
  • extensive references at the end

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Tips Examples
Use keywords, not long search phrases

Instead of searching for "How are food deserts an expression of environmental racism?" break down your search into the main keywords:

food deserts, environmental racism

To get more focused results:

Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together

Use AND to combine different keywords

"food deserts" AND environmental racism

To get broader results:

Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords

Truncate words that have a variety of endings with a * mark

("food desert*" or "food insecurity") AND environmental racism



desert* = desert, deserts

Look for ways to limit your search in the database using the Advanced Search mode

You can often limit by type of article (editorial, front page) & year of publication