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Popular and Scholarly Articles
|Will traditionally appear in magazines, newspapers, and trade publications
||Will traditionally appear in journals
|Will sometimes see pictures or advertisements
||No advertisements, usually charts and graphs detailing data
|Written for a general audience
||Written for scholars, researchers, or students in that field
Scholarly V. Popular
Watch a quick tutorial on the difference between scholarly and popular articles
Where Do I Find Articles?
- The databases (see next tab) hold a collection of articles, including peer-reviewed journal articles.
- Google Scholar will also hold a collection of articles. If you use the link provided through the library, Google Scholar can link to the full text of the article
The following are general knowledge databases useful for your paper:
- Never put in your entire research question when you search
- Break up your search into keywords
- Write down several different possibilities for searching
- You will need to search different terms and combinations - there is no such thing as a perfect search