What is a scholarly or peer reviewed article?

You have probably been asked to find scholarly or peer reviewed sources or articles. Here is an overview of what that means.

In scholarly/peer reviewed articles:

  • The author is an expert in the subject
  • The content is evaluated by other experts before publication
  • All of their information sources are cited

Some databases in the online library contain all scholarly material while others have an option to search for only scholarly/peer reviewed articles. You will usually see an option to limit your search results to Scholarly/Peer Reviewed under Advanced Search or as an option to limit your search results when you are searching in our online databases.

Image of the option to check a box to limit search results to scholarly or peer reviewed when you have already done a search Image of advanced search option to check box for Scholarly or peer reviewed

For more info on Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Sources, visit our Research Skills Tutorial page on this topic: http://subjectguides.esc.edu/researchskillstutorial/scholarly


Popular Assignment Topics: Antibullying Programs in Schools

Here at the library, we take notice when we get asked about the same assignment topic multiple times. One of those topics is antibullying programs in schools. Here are some tips on how to do research on these programs.

On the library homepage www.esc.edu/library select Subject Guides.

Select the Education Subject guide. Here, you can learn more about Scholarly or Peer Reviewed articles in the center column.

Look at the left hand column under the heading “Searching for a topic? Use databases.”

You want to select databases here to search for your topic. I suggest starting with Education Source and ERIC.

image of education subject guide showing where the links to Education Source and ERIC databases are located

In the database, select Advanced Search. Here you can break down your search topic into multiple keywords like antibullying AND programs. Down below where it lets you limit your search, you can check the box to limit results to Scholarly/Peer Reviewed and then you can hit search. You can then go through the search results to see which articles are available in our library and fit your assignment needs.

image of advanced search in Education Source

Where is the full-text article? Is the date for the article fairly recent and you don’t see a link to view the full-text? The article may be too new to be available online yet. Instead, do you see a link to Full-text Finder? Click Full Text Finder to search the rest of the library to see if we have the article elsewhere in our collections.

image of search results in Education Source

How to login to save articles for later

We have many databases through EBSCOHost, including our OneSearch on the library homepage.  A great feature they have is the folder. Other databases have similar options. We get quite a few calls or chats from students wondering why their saved items aren’t there when they log back in. The issue is that your Empire State College login gives you access to the databases in the online library but it doesn’t make the special features work in those databases. Each database comes from a different company or vendor and they each function a little differently so their special features, like saving for later, require a free login account that you create with that database.

How it looks in OneSearch:

How it looks in other EBSCOHost databases:

How it looks in Proquest databases:

You have to click on the silhouette icon to see the option to sign into My Research, which is what Proquest calls their account.

Once you create a personal account, any items that you save will automatically go into your folder for you to be able to access them easily later. You will be able to use the same personal account in any of the EBSCOHost databases at the library because this EBSCOHost login works for all of their databases. The same goes for other databases, for example we have multiple databases from Proquest so if you create an account in one Proquest database and go into a different one, that account should work for all Proquest databases.

How to create a personal account in EBSCOHost:

  • Select the option to sign in, this is often found in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  • From the Sign In Screen, click the Create a new Account link.
  • The Create a New Account Screen appears with Personal Account entered in the Account Type field. Fill in the fields on the Create a New Account Screen. When you have completed the fields, click Submit.
  • If all the information was accepted, a message appears that provides your user name and password. Click OK. You will be automatically logged in as a personal user. You should note the user name and password you created so you can log in at a future session.

Once your personal account is created and you are logged in, you should see My EBSCOHost.

How to use the folder:

To save articles, click the Add to folder link at the bottom of each article listing. To add all items on a page to your folder, click the Alert/Save/Share link and click Results (1-10) at the top of the menu. Result numbers to be added will change as you page through the list of results.

As you add the articles to the folder, you can click the Folder icon (or the Go to Folder View link) and review which items have been added. The Image Quick View feature provides the ability to view thumbnails of the images in an article right from the Folder screen.

You can print, e-mail, save, or export many results all at the same time using the Tools in the right column.

If you have signed in via My EBSCOHost, any search results that you collect in your folder will be automatically saved at the end of the session.

You can also create custom folders to sort the articles that you save. You can specify which folder you want to save to when you click Add to Folder.

How to create customized folders:

  • Click on Folder in EBSCOHost.
  • Click on New next to My Custom (see below).
  • A form should appear where you can create a folder name and add any notes you would like. Hit Save.

For more information about creating or using a personal account in EBSCOHost or how to use the folders, please visit an EBSCOHost database through the library website at www.esc.edu/library and select Article Databases. From there scroll to E and choose EBSCOHost. Once in an EBSCOHost database, click on Help on the upper right hand corner and browse for your topic.

Ask a Librarian Closed, Ask Us 24/7 Available (Oct 25, 1pm – Oct 27, 1pm)

Due to a college-wide event, the Ask a Librarian service will be closed from 1pm on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 through 1pm on Friday, October 27, 2017.  All of the Empire State College librarians will be attending the event during those times.

The Ask Us 24/7 chat service will be available during those times which means that librarians from other institutions can help you with your chat questions.  If you need to talk to one of the Empire State College librarians, we will get back to you once we return on Friday, October 27 at 1pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

How do I cite websites in APA format?

At the library, we get asked this question a lot. The wording in APA citation style guides may not outright say website or webpage or part of a webpage. This can be confusing if you aren’t sure what you are looking for. Here is some helpful info for citing websites in APA format. If you still aren’t sure what to do or have questions about this, please contact us at Ask a Librarian. We are happy to help.

  • Start on the library homepage www.esc.edu/library
  • Select Cite Your Sources under the Learn heading

image of the library homepage link to select titled Cite Your Sources

  • Select the APA tab


  • Select the APA Style Guide (OWL)


  • In the menu on the Style Guide from OWL, you want to select Reference List: Electronic Sources


  • Now you want to scroll through the options on this page to find how to cite websites, webpages, or parts of a webpage. In the APA style guide, this is under the heading Nonperiodical Web Document or Report. This is how you want to cite websites.
  • If what you are citing is an article in an online magazine (not found in the online library), you want to cite that as an Article from an Online Periodical. Scroll down further for info on citing blogs or wikis.
  • Please note: articles, ebooks and other resources found in the online library are not considered websites or online periodicals. You want to cite those as an Article from a Database.


Ask a Librarian Hours for Columbus Day Weekend 2017

The Ask a Librarian Hours for Columbus Day weekend, Saturday October 7 – Monday October 9, 2017, are as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct 7 – Closed
  • Sunday, Oct 8 – Open 1-9pm
  • Monday, Oct 9 – Closed

When we are not available to answer your questions, librarians elsewhere can help you through the Ask Us 24/7 chat. If you need to speak with a librarian at Empire State College, please contact Ask a Librarian and leave a voicemail or email message. We will get back to you on Sunday or Tuesday, during our open hours.

  • Call 800-847-3000, ext. 2222
  • Email librarian@esc.edu
Normal Hours:
– Sun: 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
– Mon-Thu: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
– Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.