From NEIU Ronald Williams Library (Closed Captions)
From NEIU Ronald Williams Library (Closed Captioned)
Articles appear in magazines, newspapers, and journals. Scholarly articles appear in academic journals and they are written by researchers, professors and other experts.
Database are collection of different articles and are owned by companies like ProQuest or EBSCO. There are subject specific databases that allow you to search through millions of scholarly and popular articles in your subject area, thus making your life easier!
Articles appear in magazines, newspapers, and journals. Scholarly articles appear in journals and they are written by researchers, professors and other experts.
Are double checked for accuracy
Have good research methods
Focus on a specific topic/issue
We recommend researching using articles because they represent the type of research and writing you should be aiming for in your own assignments.
You might also find an article that disagrees with your argument. Incorporating “dissenting” sources into your paper and debating their merit with your other supporting sources is exactly what scholarship is about. Scholarly writing is a conversation and a debate between your ideas and your sources.
Remember that accuracy and quality of information matters
A database is an organized collection of information. Computer databases with web interfaces allow users to easily find the content that they are looking for. Netflix is a database of streaming video; Amazon is a database of consumer goods; subject specific library databases are collections of scholarly articles, ebooks, and more.
Library databases allow you to search through millions of scholarly and popular articles, making your life easier. They let you:
Read full text of articles in PDF or HTML (just look for the “Full Text Link” or the “GET IT” link).
Narrow your results to only “peer reviewed”
Email the article to yourself
Show you how to cite your article in APA (or another citation style you need)
Here’s an example from our ProQuest Database:
Trade journals focus on one industry and provide in-depth information on trends, new products and other topics of interest to people working in that industry. The articles are, therefore, written by and for working professionals.
Trade journals usually have a review process like an editorial board but are not considered to be "peer reviewed" journals.