|Next, find information about your topic.
The links below connect you to articles and newspapers, books, websites, videos, and more
Also look for additional links that pertain directly to your class section.
Depending on what you find, you might need to revise your topic or search strategy.
If you are having trouble finding information on your topic, always feel free to ask a librarian!
Different Types of Periodicals
|Color covers||Plain cover, plain paper (most often)|
|Glossy papers||Glossy papers||(Science journals may be glossy)|
|Articles on current events||Articles on industry trends||Primary research, theories, methodologies|
|General interest||Written for members of specific industry||Written for researchers & professionals|
|Short articles||Short articles||Lengthy, in-depth articles|
|Informal tone||Informal tone||Formal and serious tone|
|Easy to read vocabularies||Professional jargons, more difficult to read|
|Written by general staff||Written by staff or experts in the field||Written by experts in the field & researchers|
|Reviewed by general editor||Peer review* by subject experts|
|No bibliographies or footnotes||Short or no bibliographies||Extensive bibliographies & references|
|Usually called a "magazine"||Referred to as a "journal"; may have "journal" in its name|
"Peer reviewed" means that the article has gone through a vetting or review process. That is, experts in the same field as the author of the article have evaluated the author's scholarship and made sure that his or her methods, research, theories, and conclusions are sound and backed up by other scholarship or research. Often, a double-blind peer-review process is used, where the author and reviewers are unknown to each other, to ensure that personal bias does not affect the evaluation of scholarship.
Journals may be scholarly or academic without necessarily being peer-reviewed. In this case, a editor in the discipline or an editorial board makes the decision to publish another expert's work. Ask your professor whether or not your article needs to be peer-reviewed in addition to being scholarly.
Selected databases that contain a variety of journal and/or newspaper articles:
Example of a Library One Search
1. Use Advanced search interface
2. Search by keyword and limit search in Subject or Abstract field
3. Use keywords describing one concept in each search box, connect synonyms with connector OR (capitalized)
4. Use * (truncation symbol) to pick up plural form or various endings of a root word.
5. Limit to Full text articles or/and Peer-reviewed articles.
6. Check under Content Provider, and look for articles in subject databases such as Communication & Mass Media Complete, PsychINFO, or Social Sciences Full Text, etc.
Sample topic: Legal and Ethical Implications of Domestic Violence in the NFL
Keywords: (legal OR ethic* OR moral) AND (domestic violence OR family violence) AND (NFL OR national football league) (SU)
Access and use Find Journals link to locate full-text articles:
Sample book search: find books gender equality
1. At the Advanced Search box, enter gender, Limit to Subject
2. Enter equality in the second search box, limit to Subject
3. Under Location > Moore Stacks (shelves)
4. Use the book call number to find books on the shelves.
Search Tips - A Tutorial
Capitalize your connectors AND/OR
1. Phrase Search-keep a phrase together so it will not get separated and lose intended meaning
2. Truncations - to search words of various endings
comput* -computer, computers, computerize computerized, computerinzing, computational, computation
wom?n - woman or women
girl*-girl, girls, girlish
3. Boolean Operators - use AND/ OR/ NOT to connect your keywords - Boolean Machine.
california AND parks
"yellowstone park" AND "wild life"
women OR girl* OR female*
research OR survey OR case stud*
Example- NOT (AND NOT)
yellowstone NOT park
clinton AND NOT hillary
4. Use parenthesis and quotation marks for logical execution of search terms
"sex harrassment" AND ("work place" OR office)