Google Scholar is Google's search engine especially for academic journals. Some of the articles are freely available online. Others direct you to the publisher's website in order to sell you a copy of the article. Area residents can get copies of scholarly articles for the price of printing (5 cents/page) by calling (231-995-1540) or emailing the Osterlin Library.
Many established magazines have websites with full or partial access to their publications. NMC librarians have created a "Credible Sources Cheat Sheet" with links to a variety of quality journalistic sources for students. Publications are loosely grouped by their political affiliations to expose students to a broad range of thinking of current topics.
Academic libraries' contracts with database providers restrict access to college students, faculty, and staff. However, anyone can access the databases from campus. These are a few of the databases available. The full list is available on the A to Z resources list.
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