to find variations of keywords and subject headings.
You may need to do multiple searches (RE -search) in various databases. With patient and persistence, you will find relevant material.
Scholarly v. Popular
Video produced by Wayne State University Libraries.
The Vodka Ad Test
Or a Quick Guide to Evaluating Periodical Articles
Flip your magazine or journal over. What kind of ad is on the back cover? If there is a vodka ad, car ad, or cigarette ad, this may not be considered a scholarly source. But let’s go on to more definitive measures…
Scholarly Articles have:
Bibliography, footnotes, or endnotes. This provides evidence of the research that was conducted to produce the article.
Written by expert(s) in the field. Usually there is information that describes the author’s credentials and current position.
Published by Associations, Research Institutes, University Presses.
“Peer reviewed.” Refers to the policy of experts in the field examining journal articles before acceptance for publication.
Written in the jargon of the field for scholarly readers (professors, researchers or students.)
Illustrations that support the text, such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs
Popular Magazines on the other hand:
No footnotes or references.
Written by journalists who are usually not experts in the field.
Easy to read. Intended for lay audience. Informative and entertaining.
Many advertisements throughout the magazine.
Glossy, slick. Illustrated with graphics and photos.
These criteria apply to all periodicals (online or print).
Like critreia for evaluating periodicals, what are important in searching online pages and databases?
Leverage Footnotes and Bibliographies
Footnotes and bibliographies are a quick way to find related materials and track the
names of popular authors.