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Using the NMC Journal List:
Scholarly and Popular articles: Do you know the difference? Most college work requires scholarly publications, materials written by content specialists, often containing research.
Popular articles are found in magazines and newspapers. Time and People are good examples. Articles in these publications are written by journalists and are intended for general readers.
Scholarly articles are found mostly in journals. Titles like the Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Dentistry for Children are examples. Articles in these publications are written by experts, people with degrees in the field of study. Often these journals are peer-reviewed, meaning a group of content specialists in the field (peers) reviewed the articles prior to publication to verify the authenticity of the work.
There is one more category of magazines/journals sometimes referred to as commentary sources. These are materials written by academics and scholars, but are not research based. Examples include Atlantic Monthly, New Yorker, and Commonwealth. Here you'll find commentaries on issues of the day. Consult these sources when you want intelligent analysis, but not necessarily research on a topic.
Make sure you know what your assignment requires.
One technique for refining your search is to use a database specific to your subject area. Below are the key subject databases available through NMC. For a complete listing of our subject databases visit the Subject Area List or use the A-Z Databases to browse for a database.
Sometimes the article you want is not available full-text in the database you are searching. To find out if the article is available full-text in another database or in the NMC Print/Microfilm Journal collection, use the Osterlin Library Journal List. This tool allows you to search by journal or magazine title and will show its availability through Osterlin Library. Also, when searching a database, look for the "Find Full-Text" link, which takes you directly to the Osterlin Library Journal List. If the item is not available in another database or through the Osterlin Print Collection, the next step is to order it through Interlibrary Loan.
Academic OneFile A large collection of peer-reviewed, full-text periodicals covering multiple research disciplines. In addition to 9,000 academic journals, Academic OneFile also includes the full-text of major newspapers -- back to 1995 -- as well as hundreds of podcasts, video and reference content from premier publishers.
Ebsco Host This database contains the full-text of more than 2,000 journals, including more than 1,500 peer-reviewed titles. This multi-disciplinary database covers virtually every area of academic study.
InfoTrac Newsstand: Full text newspaper articles from the United States and around the world, 1980 to the present.
JSTOR Scholarly articles from 1,792 journals on subjects including anthropology, education, history, literature, philosophy, and sociology, from throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Newpaper Source from EBSCOHOST: Provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national and international newspapers, and selective full text for more than 370 regional newspapers. Includes full-text television & radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.
Google Scholar contains books, articles and other academic documents. Use Google Scholar as a supplement to the resources available through Osterlin Library. Many items are full-text in Google Scholar, but not all! When you locate an item in Google Scholar not available in full-text, consult these sources to determine if it is available through Osterlin:
1-iLink (Library Catalog) for books and documents
2-Osterlin Library Journal List for journal and magazine articles
If the item you want is not available through Osterlin it can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan, a lending service among libraries.