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EDNS 151 -- Design 151: Find Articles
This guide contains links and search tips for the students taking EDNS 151.
The articles found in many scholarly journals go through a "peer-review" process. In other words, the articles are checked by academics and other experts. The information is therefore reliable. As well as containing scholarly information, journal articles can include reports and/or reviews of current research and topic-specific information.
Use scholarly journals when you need original research on a topic; articles and essays written by scholars or subject experts; factual documented information to reinforce a position; or references lists that point you to other relevant research. Scholarly journals take less time to publish than books, but the peer-review process can be lengthy.
Popular articles found in magazines are often written by journalist or professional writers for a general audience. They tend to be shorter than scholarly journal articles and rarely give full citations for sources. Popular articles from magazines are helpful if you want background on a topic that is new to you or very current information
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PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
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It may provide full-text access to some content through the ASCE Research Library.
This scholarly resource contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals, with full text for more than 4,600 of those titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over 100 journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.
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This provides access to over 8,700 articles from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. It also contains supplemental items such as science news and updates, 3,000 biographies of well-known scientists, video biographies, and over 19,000 downloadable images.
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Google Scholar Search
Scholarly, Professional, Popular?
What kind of information do you need? If you are writing for a class assignment, you may be required to use peer-reviewed ("refereed") or scholarly sources. In any case, you should always look for sources that are authoritative. For more detailed help with evaluating your sources, see our Evaluating Information Guide.
Scholarly Checklist--Look for:
Authors listed, with credentials
Cited references and data, observations, or statistics to support conclusions
Reviewed by peers or experts in the subject
Purpose is to inform or impart knowledge, not to sell, persuade, entertain
Appears impartial--few or no advertisements, no emotional language, unbiased
Authoritative--A source can have authority even if it isn't scholarly.
Author and/or publisher is an expert on the subject
Author's affiliations and contact information are available
Other Criteria-- these are not definitive, but worthy of consideration:
Do you see errors in spelling, grammar, data?
Is the publication in turn cited by other credible works published later?
How current is the information (no date? be suspicious)?