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ENGL 103 Research Guide: Find articles

In the research process: ARTICLES

1. Explore topic context & primary sources (the open web)
2. Learn the background (library catalog: books)
3. Discover scholarly conversations (multi-subject databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Rinse, repeat; drafts & revisions (research librarians, writing center)

Searching Research Databases

"Violent video games like Call of Duty are unfairly marketed toward men." 
 
1. In Academic Search Complete:   video games = 291,497

2. Add:    violence = 1,247

3. Narrow further by adding:   men = 91

4. Decide whether or not to limit results by scholarly journals.

Differences betwen scholarly journals and other kinds of periodicals.

5. Search your own topic. Find a potentially useful article, and add the citation to RefWorks.


General Databases:

Academic Search Complete is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.
 
Provides abstracts and indexing for 2,650 general periodicals. Full text of articles for nearly 2,000 periodicals, and 5,000 full text Magill Book Reviews. 

Article Databases: By Subject and A-Z List

Outward differences between popular magazines and scholarly journals