The library subscribes to many databases you can search to locate articles for your library project.
Each database listed will provide full-text articles from magazines, scholarly journals and magazines. If an article is not available in full-text, try the full-text options link to locate it in another database. All articles may be printed, emailed or saved on a flash drive. Most of the databases also provide "My Folder" options that allow you to save your articles for future use. Check it out!!
Click on the links below to get to the database you wish to use. Use the keywords you identified when you were selecting our topic. Connect those keywords with AND to find articles that contain both keywords. For example, to find articles about the use of steroids among athletes, enter the search three words: athletes and steroids.
Articles in popular magazines are written by journalists, reporters or staff on the magazine. Some magazine articles have no listed author. These articles are designed for the general public and have glossy pages with photographs and advertising. They may include information from more scholarly studies. Magazines have editors and fact checkers who make sure the material included is reliable and accurate. Some useful magazines for current topics include Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report and The Nation. Magazines for business include Forbes, INC, and Fortune. Other popular magazines include Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Latina, Essence and Psychology Today. Magazine articles are not peer-reviewed.
Articles in newspapers are written by journalists, reporters, and freelance staffers. Often, no author is listed. The byline indicates the name of the author. They generally focus on breaking events, but may also be stories or series that expose particular problems in society. Articles are generally short and less detailed than those in a magazine or scholarly journal. High-quality newspapers use editors and fact checkers to authenticate the accuracy of a story before it is published. National newspapers include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The L.A. Times and The Wall Street Journal. Local newspapers include Newsday, Times Union (Albany) and The Daily Record (Rochester). Never use a supermarket tabloid for research. Newspapers are not peer-reviewed.
Articles in scholarly journals are written by experts in their fields. Often the articles report on studies or analysis and include charts, data or specific criticism of a literary work. Scholarly journals are often called "peer-reviewed" because the articles must go through an approval process by other scholars before they are published. The articles are generally longer, more academic and include a list of sources at the end. Scholarly journals generally do not have glossy pages, photographs or advertising. Each field has its own set of journals or "literature" as they are sometimes called. Examples include Harvard Business Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Studies in Short Fiction and Journal of Psychology.