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Databases contain thousands of scholarly and professional articles from past and present.  Use keywords to search for research, reports, and other scholarship about higher education.  Please know that some of these databases also contain articles about the K-12 environment, so include keywords like "higher education" or college in your searches. Depending on your program emphasis consider these subject-specific databases in Sports, Business, or Communication.

The Library specially subscribes to these scholarly, academic journals.  To access, go to Journals A-Z on the Library Homepage and type in the title name to gain access. 

Review of Higher Education
Journal of College and Character
Journal of the First Year Experience
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education
New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development
New Directions for Community Colleges
New Directions for Evaluation
New Directions for Higher Education
New Directions for Institutional Research
New Directions for Student Leadership
New Directions for Student Services
New Directions for Teaching and Learning


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In-Text Citations

References List

APA Quick Guide Examples


Shotton, M. A. (2009). Computer addiction? A study of computer dependency. London, England: Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapter

Haybron, D. M. (2008). Philosophy and the science of subjective well-being. In M. Eid & R. J. Larsen (Eds.), The science of subjective well-being (pp. 17–43). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Journal Article with DOI (Digital Object Identifier)

Blanton, H., Jaccard, J., Strauts, E., Mitchell, G., & Tetlock, P. E. (2015). Toward a meaningful metric of implicit prejudice. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100, 1468–1481.

Journal Article without DOI

Gill, C. S., Barrio Minton, C. A., & Myers, J. E. (2016). Spirituality and religiosity: Factors affecting wellness among low-income, rural women. Journal of Counseling & Development, 88, 293–302. Retrieved from


Colebourn, J. (2014). Want to reduce stress at work? Stop checking those emails. Retrieved from


Brody, J. E. (2017, December 11). Mental reserves keep brains agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from

Streaming Video

McDonnell, C. [charlieissocoollike]. (2017, May 17). Stop procrastinating [Video file]. Retrieved from

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Interlibrary loan  Get books and journal articles from Messiah and other libraries. Articles can take anywhere between 12 hours to 1 week to arrive. Books can take between 2 days to 2 weeks to arrive.

Reference Books

Still not finding what you need? Librarians can help you:

  • plan your research strategy
  • brainstorm, focus, broaden, or clarify your research topic
  • guide you to the right sources
  • get your materials through ILL or online
  • evaluate credible, scholarly information
  • properly cite your sources
  • make recommendations of where else to look for information
  • with technology issues (though we're not computer wizards)

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Scholarly or Not?

Scholarly journal articles often:

  • Are written by a scholar, professor, or researcher who is an authority on the topic (check the bio)
  • Use scholarly language and special terminology meant to be read by others in the field
  • Include sources cited in-text and in a bibliography/references section
  • Utilize labels like an abstract and conclusion and/or include data, graphs, or tables
  • Include many pages of text to provide depth and analysis
  • Can be Peer-reviewed

Telling the difference between scholarly, trade, and professional journals

Scholarly or not checklist

List of scholarly Higher Ed journals

Messiah's Library contains scholarly and professional publications in their collections. Scholarly materials can also be called academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals.

Ask your librarian or professor if you're unsure. We're here to help!

You can often tell if it's scholarly even before you download the article.

Example of scholarly article
A trade publication example

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