If you search a database and the full article's not there, don't despair. Look for the "FindIt" button: or FindIt@BC. Find It will offer help including:
You should be able to access all the resources in this guide on or off campus. If you are off campus, clicking on a link for one of our BC-only materials should prompt you for your BC username and password. Another was to access all our resources is to set up a virtual private network (VPN) which will eliminate the necessity to log into resources individually. Here's how:
Finding peer-reviewed articles
Some databases have a checkbox to limit your results to peer-reviewed articles. Others have a tab on the results page for "scholarly articles." If the database doesn't identify the journals as peer-reviewed, look the journal up in Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory; peer-reviewed (refereed) journals have this icon:
A review articles summarizes the research on a given topic. A recent review article can be a great place to start your literature search. The extensive references to the primary research at the end will give you many other articles to explore. The literature review section of a dissertation can serve the same purpose. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to review articles; check the help section of the database for details.