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ART 391: Ways of Seeing Fashion: Find Articles

+In the research process: ARTICLES

1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)

2. Background (library catalog: books)

3. Current research (library databases: journal articles)

4. Support your argument (source citation)

5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & Writing Center)


Why use articles?

Why use articles for research?

  • For very recent, current information
  • Cover very specific subjects
  • Popular topics
  • Alternative viewpoints
  • Reports on scholarly research

Database Searching

Now is the time to be more specific with your searching. Articles tend to cover very specific or niche topics, and are also published more quickly than books, meaning the information is typically more current than the general information you can gather from books.

Evaluating Sources

It's one thing to be able to find sources for a paper, but it's another to be able to evaluate those sources and use them appropriately to support your research. For college-level research, you'll want to consider using only the highest-quality information sources that you can find. Review the guide for Critically Evaluating Sources to understand methods of evaluation.

Article Databases: By Subject and A-Z List

Popular Magazines vs. Scholarly Journals