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Scholarly Articles (6 sources)
Scholarly articles are written (and often critically reviewed) by experts in a field. They're usually published by universities (e.g. Harvard, UT, etc) or professional organizations (e.g. American Psychological Association).
They will typically:
1. Be pretty lengthy -- definitely over one page.
2. Have citations in text and at the end of the work.
3. Be pretty dense -- lots of text, not many images, high vocabulary level.
Academic Search Complete
Be sure to check the "scholarly" checkbox when you're looking for your scholarly sources! This databases does contain non-scholarly content. Good starting place, because it contains a little of bit everything, topic-wise.
JSTOR is all scholarly -- but avoid "reviews"! You might want to build up to this one and save it for when you really know your topic and search terms: it can be a little difficult to narrow down results. Covers a variety of subjects, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.
Popular (2 sources)
This could include another multimedia-type of source (see above), or you could pull in a magazine, newspaper, or other periodical. You may also refer to a reference source, which you might find during your initial phase of research.
Anything that's published on a "periodic" basis, i.e. once a week, twice a year, quarterly, and so. Newspapers and magazines are periodicals (but technically so are scholarly articles, actually!).
Newspaper Source Plus
Selected full-text from 30 US national and international newspapers and 200 regional papers, plus TV & radio news transcripts.
Full-text articles from magazines & journals, and other sources including pamphlets, books, biographies, reports, etc.
Academic Search Complete
Remember this one? This time don't select the "scholarly" checkbox. To weed out those scholarly results, look for the source type checkboxes to filter to newspaper/magazine/periodical sources.
The old library classic. While you can request print books from the other campuses, you may not have the time to wait. Fortunately, ebooks are available 24/7! These can be a helpful way of getting into your topic, since their broader coverage isn't as targeted as a scholarly article would be, which helps you with gaining context. And no, you don't have to read them cover-to-cover to use them as a source.
Over 100,000 ebook titles covering a full range of academic topics. General reference works are also included.
EBSCO eBook Collection
Search complete electronic books. Read in browser, or create an account to download books to various devices
Reference (2 sources)
Background information or overviews or fast facts -- you want to look up something, be able to quickly learn what the heck it is, and then move on. These types of sources are relatively short and while they may cover a lot of ground about a topic, they stick to basic who/what/when/where facts, not deep analysis.
Useful when you're starting out on a research project. Do simple searches to find topic introductions in a variety of subjects. The mind map tool will help you discover related ideas and terms.
Dozens of complete reference books on arts, business, education, history, law, literature, sciences, and technology, including the popular sets of Short Stories for Students, Novels for Students, Poetry for Students, and Drama for Students.
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Provides topic overviews as well as collects a variety of sources, including statistics, reference materials, journal articles, news articles, images, and audio broadcasts.
They Say / I Say (3 sources)
They Say / I Say by
Call Number: Borrow from the front desk for 2 hours in-library use!
Publication Date: 2018
Pick 3 articles from Chapter 19 of your text to use.
Psst -- what's a database?
In its most basic sense, a database is just a selection of information designed for you to search and retrieve stuff from it. Amazon is a database you're probably familiar with: it's limited (only contains things you can buy through them) and retrievable (you can search and filter your results to find what you're looking for).
The library databases contain reputable, reliable sources of information to support researchers like you! This means everything from digital encyclopedias (like Credo), ebooks, scholarly journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, streaming videos, statistics, and more.