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Libraries purchase access to jounal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subscribing to databases.
Below are databases that cover a wide range of topics. Search them using only a few keywords, not full sentences.
This three-minute tutorial from the Peabody Library will show you how to differentiate between scholarly (also known as "peer-reviewed") and popular articles.
Ask yourself these questions before deciding to use an article as a source for your paper:
1. Is the information up-to-date?
2. Who is the author, and what is his/her expertise and educational background?
3. Does the author provide support (citations, statistics) for his/her assertions?
4. What is the political affiliation (if any) of the publication? Do you need a neutral source?
5. Does the article provide a general introduction to the topic or a specialized, narrow viewpoint intended for scholars already familiar with the subject? Which do you need?