Getting the Full-Text of Articles
Many databases only provide abstracts and not the full-text of articles. Look for the Get It @ Duke button near an article citation and click on it to see whether the library provides online access. Or, install a browser extension like LibKey Nomad or the Library Access Button for easy access (see here).
Off-Campus Access to E-Resources
Most online library databases and journals can be accessed off-campus via proxy server. You will need to authenticate with your NetID and password. Details, including VPN and other options, are here.
If the library doesn't provide access to a particular article or book, you can still get it through Interlibrary Request. For each article or book, fill out this form.
By this point, most of you will find it easy to distinguish between popular and scholarly sources. However, it can take years of practice to become skilled at quickly determining whether a given article is relevant for your specific research question and to efficiently understand its conclusions and limitations. Some of the links below may be helpful.