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STA 151 D. Bartlett: Finding articles and using library databases

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Types of Articles

There are generally four types of articles:

  • Scholarly

  • News or General Interest 

  • Popular

  • Sensational


Scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles are written by scholars or professionals who are experts in their fields. In the sciences and social sciences, they often publish research results.

Substantive news articles are reliable sources of information on events and issues of public concern.

Popular articles reflect the tastes of the general public and are often meant as entertainment.

Sensational intend to arouse strong curiosity, interest, or reaction. They are not factually accurate.


The importance of keywords

Importance of keywords

  • Better keywords means a more efficient search and more relevant results.
  • Keywords tell the databases to find articles containing those words.
  • Start with a topic sentence.  Identify the relevant words in that sentence


  • intercultural communication women
  • “intercultural communication” women (note: quotations assist the databases in finding articles with that exact phraseTips

Tip: Come up with some synonym’s or related terms for the first set of keywords you just came up with (ex. women vs. female). 

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