Look closely at the descriptions of the various database collections to determine the information types and subject areas to be found.
Credible sources from popular mainstream publications are within the database collections. Major news outlets, trade publications, governmental documents are a few of the information types you will find.
Background and overview source types are helpful. Encyclopedias and other reference materials help researchers find context within an area of research.
There are two main types of scholarly articles you'll come across in the databases: literature reviews and empirical studies. Both may be scholarly, peer-reviewed sources, but empirical studies are primary sources that report on the results of a study.
|Evaluates or condenses previously-published material.||Reports on new, original research.|
Newberg, A. B. (2011). Spirituality and the aging brain. Generations, 35(2), 83-91. [See the full article.]
Not pictured here: even though this is a report of original research, the authors still had a length list of References that used to support their research, just as a literature review would include a lengthy list of papers. Scholarship is a conversation!
Semiz, U. M., Basoglu, C., Ebrinc, S., & Cetin, M. (2008). Nightmare disorder, dream anxiety, and subjective sleep quality in patients with borderline personality disorder. Psychiatry & Clinical Neurosciences, 62(1), 48-55. [See the full article.]
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