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Library Databases for Scholarly Sources
These are the Library Databases where you will likely find SCHOLARLY Sources, like Journals:
Doing a search on the term "water" in these scholarly databases will NOT give you good results. Make sure you have created a research question and that you have broken it down into keywords before you start searching.
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Best Database to start. Includes scholarly journals in a variety of fields including lots of water-related articles. TO LIMIT TO SCHOLARLY ARTICLES CHECK THE "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" BOX.
Next place to search if you are looking at environmental impacts related to water. TO LIMIT TO SCHOLARLY ARTICLES CHECK THE "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" BOX.
Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Search here if you are looking at what effects businesses or corporations have on water. TO LIMIT TO SCHOLARLY ARTICLES CHECK THE "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" BOX.
Health Source - Academic/Nursing Edition (EBSCO)
Might be a good source for medical or health issues related to water. TO LIMIT TO SCHOLARLY ARTICLES CHECK THE "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" BOX.
Library Databases for Popular Sources
These are the Library Databases where you will likely find POPULAR sources, like newspapers and magazines.
Search the Library Catalog for Scholarly Books
The Library Catalog provides access to both popular and scholarly books. Search a broad topic below to see what you can find.
If an item is labeled an "Electronic Book," use the "click to view" link to access it.
Find Other Kinds of Scholarly Content
Sometimes other types of scholarly or authoritative content is needed to help defend your paper's thesis.
Try out these resources to find specialized types of content.
Films on Demand
Search for video and video clips on a variety of subjects from a number of producers such as BBC, PBS, and the History Channel. Searching for "water" does return lots of good results.
The world's largest statistical portal focused on businesses, industries, and media. Also includes infographics and charts. Off-campus you may receive a security warning when logging in. On the warning page, click "Advanced" and then link that appears to go to the database.
Statistics and Demographics Research Guide
Guide to finding all sorts of statistic and demographic information at the national, international, and local level.
WARNING: Many of the articles found in a Google Scholar do not include full-text articles without payment. Look for a short link to the right of the main result link. If there is a short link the article may be available for free. NEVER PAY for an article.
Scholary Sources VS Popular Sources
- Author: Written by experts (scientists, professors, scholars) in a particular field.
- Audience: Written for other experts in a particular field.
- Language: Very technical and scholarly. Not easily understood.
- Purpose: Published by non-profit or education organizations to communicate new ideas.
- Characteristics: Tend to be longer and are on very specific topics.
- Citations: Provide complete and formal citations for sources.
- Review Process: Often reviewed by a panel of scholars in the field being studied. (Peer-Reviewed)
- Author: Written by professional writers, journalists, or members of the general public.
- Audience: Written for the general public.
- Language: Basic and clear. Easily understood.
- Purpose: Often published by for-profit companies for revenue and profit.
- Characteristics: Tend to be short and on topics of general interest.
- Citations: Provide informal or no citations for sources.
- Review Process: Reviewed by an editor or self-published with no formal review process.
REMEMBER: Popular DOES NOT equal bad. Check with your professors to find out which popular sources they accept.
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