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Academic Search Premier and other EBSCO databases are usually consulted after a researcher has become informed about a particular topic. Generally, the focus of this and other EBSCO databases is more focused than Gale Virtual Reference Library and CQ Researcher. Most of the scholarly materials can be found in these databases.
How many keywords should you use when searching a database? Find out below:
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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.
Find Scholarly Sources with Google Scholar
Google Scholar searches online databases and Google Books for scholarly literature.
WARNING: Many of the articles found in a Google Scholar do not include full-text articles without payment. NEVER PAY for an article. Instead submit an Interlibrary Loan request; it’s likely that we can get it for you for free.
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.
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.
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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