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Getting Started with Research: 3. Search Databases for Articles

Library Databases vs. Google

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Which Databases Do We Have?

Databases provide access to all sorts of information -- including articles from newspapers, popular magazines and academic journals. If your assignment calls for scholarly, academic, or peer reviewed sources only, look for the option to limit your results to "Peer Reviewed".

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Types of Articles

Publications are written for different purposes and different audiences. Generally, there are three types of publications: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.

  Scholarly Journal Popular Magazine Trade Publication
Purpose Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.
Authors Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff. Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.
Audience Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts. Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists. Intended for practitioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.