Addiction Counseling: Find Articles

This guide is designed to help students do research for Addiction Counseling classes, and to help anybody looking for credible sources of information about substance abuse, addiction, and alcohol and drug counseling.

Database search tips

Search tips for most library databases & web searching:

  • search tip: use an asterisk* to find various endings of a word root, ex. addict* will find addict, addicts, addiction, addicted, addictive.
  • search tip: put "quotation marks" around phrases, ex. "control group".
  • search tip: look for a way to limit your search by publication type, for example "Magazines" or "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals".

Tutorial: How To Read a Scientific Article

Found a peer reviewed journal article, and can't figure out what it is about?

Check out this great tutorial on how to read a scientific article(Hint: It isn't from beginning to end!)

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What is Peer Review?

Infographic describing the peer-review process.

Scholarly? Professional? Popular?

The first thing you should do when you have a research assignment is figure out what types of article sources are required or allowed. Some professors require you to use only scholarly peer-reviewed journals while others might let you use a variety of journals.

Scholarly article: Also known as peer-reviewed, academic, or refereed, these articles are written for researchers and experts and usually contain the results of a research study. Scholarly articles are written by experts in the field and are reviewed by peers who are experts in the same area. In many databases, you can limit your search to scholarly, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals to weed out any non-scholarly content.

Professional/trade article: Written for people working in a specific field. Articles can be written by experts in the field or by staff writers. The articles are only reviewed by journal editors, so they go through a less rigorous review process. 

Popular journals: Written for a general audience rather than for professionals or scholars, and written by journalists. Examples include The New YorkerPeople, and Rolling Stone.

Video: What are Library Databases and Why do you Need Them?

The Information Cycle

Recommended databases for published articles

For published journal articles about addiction, treatment, research and theory, begin with these databases.

Each database contains articles from both magazine and peer reviewed journals. You can limit your search to one or the other.

The Psychology Resources set of database is a good place to begin your research.

Find Articles with Google Scholar

You can set PCC as your library in your browser from off campus. To learn how, visit the link to set "Library Links" settings for Google Scholar.

Setting the Library Links to PCC will ensure that when you search Google Scholar in your browser, you will see Find It @ PCC links to full text if we have the article (Google Scholar sometimes also provides links to other free sources for full text).

You can learn more about setting Google Scholar preferences on the PCC Library Website

Reading a Search Results Page from a Library Database

Library databases are great places to find published articles, but the results pages can be confusing, so this video will give you some tips to help you find useful results.

If you don't find full-text

If the article you have found in a library database doesn't have the full text right there, click on the "find it" button to see if the article is available in full-text in another database. If we do have it, it will take you to a page that provides you a link to the database in which the article is available (click on that link to access the article). If we do not have it, you will see a link to request the article through Interlibrary Loan, which takes approximately three days (though it may take more).

The "find it" button will look like this. Button that says "Find It" as it is seen on PCC Library databases