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Entrepreneurship Research Guide

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:
      • Entrepreneurship theory and practice 
      • Journal of innovation and entrepreneurship
  • extensive references at the end
Tips Examples
Use keywords, not long search phrases



Instead of searching for "How is covid-19 impacting the local economy?" break down your search into the main keywords:

covid-19, covid, pandemic, impact, economy, local, San Diego

To get more focused results:

Use quotation marks (" ") to keep phrases together

Use AND to combine different keywords

"San Diego" AND covid-19 

To get broader results:

Use OR to combine similar/associated keywords

Truncate words that have a variety of endings with a *                                       

economy AND (covid or pandemic)


politic* = politics, political, politically

Look for ways to limit your search in the database You can often limit by type of article (scholarly and peer-reviewed) & year of publication



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