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English 098: Professor Dimakos

Popular and Scholarly Sources

Scholarly Sources:

  • Authors are authorities in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in endnotes, footnotes, or bibliographies.
  • Individual issues have little or no advertising.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review or refeered process.
  • Articles are usually reports on scholarly research.
  • Illustrations usually take the form of charts and graphs.
  • Articles use jargon of the discipline.

Popular Magazines and Newspapers:

  • Authors are magazine staff members or free lance writers.
  • Authors often mention sources, but rarely formally cite them in bibliographies.
  • Individual issues contain numerous advertisements.
  • There is no peer-review process.
  • Articles are meant to inform and entertain.
  • Illustrations may be numerous and colorful.
  • Language is geared to the general adult audience (no specialized knowledge of jargon needed).

Narrow or Broaden Your Search (Boolean Searching)

Use AND between terms to narrow your search

example: television and violence and children

Use OR and/or truncate (*, ?) words to broaden your search

example: children or youth or adolescents
example: child* (will find child, children, etc.)
example: wom?n (will find woman or women)

Note: check online help for the correct truncation symbol

Finding Articles

You can use these databases or any others listed on the database pages; this list is only a suggestion of places to start your research. If the full-text is not available for the article you want to see, click the Find Text button or the "Find Text" link to see if the full-text is available in another database.

Citing Your Sources

The library website provides help for MLA style, including sample citations and online tools: http://library.csun.edu/Find_Resources/e-books/estylegd.html

Contact Information

If you have questions as you do your research, you can contact me directly at danielle.skaggs@csun.edu or 818-677-6808. For help 24/7, go to Ask-A- Librarian (http://library.csun.edu/Research_Assistance/askus.html).

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