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Finding articles in journals, magazines & newspapers

Better than googling, use one of these online indexes to find journal, magazine or newspaper articles.

  • Academic Search Complete
    A good index for searching articles in journals, magazines & newspapers.
    At the start of your search, change the database type from "Academic Search Complete" to include all of the EBSCO databases.
  • Environment Complete
    Index to articles on environmental policies and environmental science
  • HealthSource
    Medicine, nursing, and allied health
  • World Wide Political Science Abstracts  
      
    Worldwide Political Science Abstracts indexes the international serials literature in political science and its related fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy.
  • Scopus
    A large abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources.

Assessment of Sources

Although a great deal of information is available via the internet for scholarly research, not all of that content is equally "good".  Here "good" is related to things like the authority of the writer, the accuracy and currency of the information provided and the presence or absence editorial or peer review.  

Because we use outside sources to support our own formal arguments and conclusions, it is critical that we evaluate the quality of those sources prior to use in our scholarly work.

Below you will find links to resources describing what to consider as you validate your sources.  As you visit each of the websites indicated below, notice how attention to the same set of conceputal elements are described.

Finding Book Reviews

You will need to know: the author of the book, the title of the book and the original date of publication.

Books are often reprinted many times but are usually reviewed when first published.

There are two types of reviews:

1. descriptive (no opinions expressed, just descibe the content)  often recognized by their brevity, less than one page

2. evaluative (give opinions, critiques of author and book) often several pages long.

The links below are to indexes that will include citations to reviews of general and popular works. For indexes in specific subject areas, see our individual subject guides.

      
     

    Finding Biographical Information

    To start finding biographical information, analyze what you already know.

    1.  Contemporary? Probably born within the last 100 years?

    2.  Nationality?

    3.  Profession? Scientist,  journalist?

    Google is a good starting point for discovering basic information.

    Additional sources:

    Biographical Reference Bank

    biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries of over  500,000 people and includes over 36,000 images.

    Literature Resource Center

    Includes interviews, literary criticism, lists of book reviews

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