MGMT 100 is a course that all Wharton undergraduates have to take, usually during their freshman year. One of the components of the class is finding a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article. For those of you currently in MGMT 100 or just looking to search the business literature for articles, we’ve recreated the steps for finding scholarly articles.
When you are looking for scholarly, peer-reviewed articles, a good place to start is in Business Source Complete. This is a key resource for scholarly business information, such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Finance, and Journal of Organizational Behavior. The database also includes business weeklies and trade journals. Let’s say you were looking for articles on character strengths. You could start with a search for:
(character or personality) AND strength* AND leadership
Search for your terms keeping the drop-down menu in the default setting. The default setting searches within the article’s bibliographic information (e.g. title, abstract, subject headings, etc). Use the asterisk, which is a truncation symbol, to search variations on a term. In this case, a search for strength* will find strength, strengths, strengthening, etc.
When you are viewing the search results, it’s a good idea to sort by Relevance. Sorting by Relevance will put articles at the top which have the search terms appearing most frequently. To view only peer-reviewed articles, select the Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals option from the left-hand menu under the heading “Refine your results”. Note that this filter is not 100% accurate, you will need to verify that the journal is Peer-Reviewed using Ulrich’s.
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