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EN1030/1035 University Writing & Research: Finding Articles

Types of Periodical Literature

  • Peer-Reviewed/Scholarly Journal - usually the phrase used in the university or college setting to talk about publications that include research or commentary done by other scholars (i.e., Faith & PhilosophyJournal of Educational ResearchJournal of American Literature). Articles are written by researchers and scholars, and typically go through a strict review process before they are published. Used for evidence and support.
  • Trade Publications  -- usually the phrase used in the university or college setting to refer to publications within a certain profession, or trade -- articles are written by professionals for professionals (i.e., Reading Teacher, Accounting TodayJournal of Christian Nursing). May be used for background and introductory information.
  • Popular Publications -- usually the phrase used in the university or college setting to refer to publications that are focused on a specific demographic, hobby, or interest (i.e., Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine, Shutterbug, etc.). Articles are usually written by freelance writers. Articles may be useful for background information, but should not be cited as academic sources. May be used for background and introductory information.

 

Databases by Subject

Databases grouped by subject.  This should help you select appropriate collections based on your topic, however, keep in mind that usually topics are covered in overlapping disciplines.  For example: If your research question is "Should the White House end a policy that bans abortion aid to victims in war zones?" you will find resources in HEALTH, but also in LAW, and RELIGION.

To cross-search all databases, select either ALL EBSCO or All ProQuest from the Databases A to Z list under the Research tab on the library's website. To search databases on specific subjects/disciplines, use the Subject Guides to find out what databases are licensed through the library.

 

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