Google Scholar Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for academic research including journal articles, books, technical reports, conference proceedings, and other scholarly material.
Once you have found a good article on your topic, you can use Google Scholar to check and see if other scholars have used that article in their own research.
This is also a good way to check and see what impact the article has had on the field you are studying.
For example, if you found the following article:
Thomas, J. 2009. The history of specialized STEM schools and the formation and role of the NCSSSMST Roeper Review. 32(1).
You can go to Google Scholar (a listing of scholarly articles and books) and type in the title of the article: The history of specialized STEM schools and the formation and role of the NCSSSMST
At the bottom of the entry, you can see this article has been Cited by 7 other articles. Clicking on Cited by will list those seven articles. If this was your topic, it is likely those articles could be useful for your own research.
If the article isn't available for free as a PDF, select the Find it@WOU link to be directed to options for getting it from our library.