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Scholarly articles are written by experts in the field and, additionally, peer reviewed by a panel experts in the field. They tend to include a lot of research and data, and the information in the article is backed up by a list of references.
Example of a Journal with Scholarly Articles
Popular articles are often written by journalists for a general audience and are not reviewed by experts in the field. Popular articles rarely include references.
Example of a Magazine with Popular Articles
Why Use Databases?
Searching the Internet is so easy, but:
The results aren't organized in the most helpful manner
Finding quality information is a challenge
anyone can put up a website
It's difficult to find peer-reviewed articles
Not all websites are updated regularly
Websites change or disappear
retrieving the content later may be impossible
Some websites cost money to access
Library databases are a better way to search to:
Find quality information
Locate articles by subject, author, title, publication, or date
Limit results to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles
Combine search terms for better results
Discover terms to search with
Find updated information
Retrieve articles later
most material remains in the database
Cite your sources
many contain a citation tool to assist you
Save money--they're free for students, staff & faculty!
Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary database and thus can be used to find information on research paper topics for any of your classes at Cañada College. This database includes newspaper articles, magazine articles, academic journal articles, images, and reports.
Communication & Mass Media Complete provides the most robust, quality research solution in areas related to communication and mass media. You can search numerous journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study to create a research and reference resource of unprecedented scope and depth encompassing the breadth of the communication discipline. This database includes full text for over 450 journals.
Academic OneFile provides access to millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources in key subject areas such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology.
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. In this database you will find academic journal articles, primary research articles, magazine articles, images like photographs, charts and graphs.
Opposing Viewpoints is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. Drawing on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press series, the solution features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to vetted websites organized into a user-friendly portal experience.
CQ Researcher includes current, hot topic reports providing unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy.