This post was written by Abigail Creitz, one of the REALTOR® University Librarians.
We have a bounty of information at our fingertips. It’s fairly incredible how you can Google anything, but how authoritative are the results from a Google search? Google indexes the entire web. It doesn’t differentiate good information from bad, which can be a problem for students who rely on it entirely to support facts, figures, and arguments in their papers and assignments. Not that there isn’t valid information that can be found via Google, but anyone can post anything to the internet. You can (and should) apply the CRAAP test to sources found on the web; however, you will be better off starting with the authoritative sources provided by the REALTOR® University Library.
When your professor tells you to find scholarly and peer reviewed articles, your first stop should be EBSCO. EBSCO is a collection of databases that provide access articles from authoritative journals such as Appraisal Journal, Journal of Property Management, Journal of Real Estate Research, and Real Estate Issues. These are journals that you have free access to as an RU student, which are otherwise behind steep paywalls. Contact a librarian if you need the password for EBSCO.
EBSCO can be searched quickly and directly using the widget found on the REALTOR® University Library page.
You’ll find additional links to databases that provide access to scholarly, peer reviewed articles on the Find Articles, Journals, & Databases tab.
Here you will find a link to Google Scholar, which is a free tool from Google that only indexes scholarly journal articles, unlike its WWW-indexing parent search engine. A PDF link will be present at the right of the search results when the full text of the article is available. If you come across an abstract of an article that you would like to read, but don’t see a PDF link, make sure to check EBSCO, or with a librarian, before you pay to access articles found online.
If you are a novice or have trouble finding relevant articles in EBSCO or Google Scholar, consult the Research Help tutorials and LibTips, or Research Guides created for your courses. If you have any questions, call 800-874-6500 to speak to a librarian or email 2020infoRequest@realtors.org