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Great Lakes Culinary Institute

Library Resources for Research.

Library services are still available remotely while the building is closed.

Recommended Databases for General Research

Search Books, eBooks, Scholarly Journals, and More

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Can't find the Full-text?

Using the NMC Journal List:

  • Not all items indexed in the databases are available full-text. When an article you need is not available in full-text, don’t despair! It may be available in another database or in the NMC print journal collection. 
  • Check the Osterlin Library Journal List:
  • Or, when searching a database and the article is not available, click the “Search for Article” icon or link (depends on database, see example). This takes you to the Osterlin Library Journal List, which tells if the item is available in another database. If available, follow the links to the item.  
  • If you search the Osterlin Library Journal List and the item is not available through NMC collection, it can be obtained through Interlibrary Loan within 7-14 days.

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.