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Library Instruction: Finding Articles

Using Articles - Interacting with Information

Use a Magazine:

  • to find information or opinions about popular culture
  • to find up-to-date information about current events
  • to find general articles written for people who are not necessarily specialists in the topic area

   Use a Journal:

  • when doing scholarly research or when your instructor requires it (see Scholarly vs Popular or What is a Scholarly Article?)                       
  • to find out what has been studied on your topic
  • to find bibliographies that point to other relevant research

Use a Newspaper:

  • to find current information about international, national and local events
  • to find editorials, commentaries, expert or popular opinions

Tools to Find Articles

Glossary - What We Meant to Say

  • Abstract: A brief summary of an article. The abstract for a scholarly article will summarize the authors' research purpose, methods, and conclusions.
  • Database: A collection of information, usually electronic. Usually refers to a place you can search for articles in onlinr journals and magazines. An example of a YCCC database would be: Academic Search Complete.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL): A library service that allows you to request books and articles from other libraries.
  • Peer Review (Refereed): Articles published in peer reviewed journals have been reviewed and edited by a board of expert editors.
  • Scholarly Source: Scholarly sources ask and answer questions through some form of analysis. Scholarly sources are written by experts in the field. Scholarly sources also have a works cited/references list to show where their information came from originally.