Articles from published periodicals (magazines, journals and newspapers) are the best source for detailed information on a topic. Articles tend to be about narrower, more focused issues than books. Also, you are guaranteed that the information published in periodicals has gone through an editorial process, and someone is accountable for the information. There are several different types of articles.
What do we mean by “not scholarly”?
Not scholarly means that the articles are not research-based and usually written by journalists, not academics. You aren’t likely to find references to other sources.
Types of non-scholarly articles and publications
What do we mean by "scholarly"?
Scholarly means that the articles are written by experts in the field and will contain references or a bibliography of the sources consulted. There are two main types of scholarly articles.
See the tab Distinguising Scholarly Articles for more detailed information in determining if an article is scholarly.
Basic Search Tips for Any Library Database
Searching an EBSCOhost Database
Let's say you are interested in finding articles about the impact ebooks have on literacy in children. Let's try the education database Education Research Complete.
Type in your search terms.
We have 159 results -- we can narrow further. The database wants to help us narrow down. Note the various limiters on the left side:
If the articles seem too specific or too technical, try narrowing to magazine articles.
Reviewing Your Results
Get more info: For more information about the article, such as a summary, click on the hyperlinked title, or hover over the magnifying glass icon next to the title.
Re-sort the results: These results are by relevance, or which ones have our keywords the most frequently. You can change to by date if you wish.
Note length of the article: How many pages is it? If it’s less than 1 page (1/3p or 1/8p), it’s probably not worth your time.
Finding the Full Text
When you are searching in one of the library databases and the article in question isn't available full text right there, look for this icon or a hyperlink that says EWU - Check for Full Text.
Clicking the Check for Full Text button in the databases brings up a screen like this...
Save Relevant Articles
When you find articles you would like to examine further, click the link Add to Folder. Once you are finished, click Folder View in the gold Folder has items box on the right side of the screen. You can email all the results to yourself.