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Water Studies: Find Articles

Suggested sources for information on Water Studies

Scholarly vs. Popular

Scholarly and Popular articles: Do you know the difference? Most college work requires scholarly publications, materials written by content specialists, often containing research.

This YouTube video created by Cornell University outlines how to distinguish between the two types of materials.

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.

Article Databases for Water Studies

Subscription databases provide authoritative, scholarly articles from the best academic journals  

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar can help find books, articles and other academic documents on your topic. Many items are full-text in Google Scholar, but not all! 

Use Google Scholar to discover articles, then use these systems to get access to the items:

Use our journal search to see if Osterlin Library has that journal or magazine

If Osterlin doesn't have the item, ask us to borrow it from another library through Interlibrary Loan.