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Also known as scholarlyrefereed, peer reviewed, or academic articles.

Why use journal articles?

  • Current: include current information and have a frequent publication cycle
  • Written by Scholars - based on research and expertise
  • Focused - detailed and focused on a narrow topic
  • Peer-Reviewed - reviewed and approved by subject area experts before publication

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Books IconIn general, be sure to use books written for an academic or scholarly audience instead of those written for a popular audience.

Why use books?

  • Depth - provide in-depth analysis of a topic
  • Broad Coverage - provide broad coverage over one or more topics
  • Comprehension - can help you understand a complex topic; books are easier to read than journal articles



  • You may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book.
  • Books contain less recent information due to the lengthy publication process.

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News IconInformation written by reporters (AKA journalists) on topics of current interest.

Key Features of News Sources:

  • Intended for a general audience; commonly written at about an 8th-grade reading level
  • Reviewed by one or more editors for quality and accuracy
  • Provide information on a recent event or topic of interest
  • Provide the perspectives of average people, not experts

IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all news sources are created equal! Some have hidden (or obvious) motives or political beliefs. Do some background research into who owns the news organization to learn more about it.

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public opinion iconThere are pro and con sources that present facts along with expert commentary and analysis. There are also sources that have a specific bias and are trying to persuade the reader (you) of a specific point of view.

Use pro and con sources . . .

  • to explore a topic from different perspectives
  • when writing argumentative papers
  • to prepare for a debate or persuasive speech

Important Points:

  • The author(s) will not typically state their agenda or tell you if they are for or against a topic. It is up to you to determine if it is objective or persuasive.
  • The author(s) may or may not have done research on the topic. Check for a list of sources (citations).
  • If there is a list, it may only include sources that support the views of the author and may not include sources that support a different point of view.

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Videos from reputable publishers are great resources for learning more about a topic. The library provides several databases that include streaming videos, animations, and tutorials. 

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  • Visualize scientific concepts
  • Get first-person accounts from scientists and researchers
  • Download and search transcripts
  • Skip to video segments that are related to you topic

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