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DIY Research Guide: 4. Use Articles

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Updating Your Info

Books and videos take time to publish and produce. To get the most up-to-date information, try reading Academic Journal, Magazine or Newspaper articles, which discuss the latest research findings, popular perspectives, and the latest news on your topic in respective order.

First: A Little Info About Articles

There are many different types of articles out there.  Review the chart below to learn about the context of different articles based on the type of source they come from.

Trade or Professional Journals
Popular Magazines
PURPOSE   Use for in-depth, original research findings, and peer-reviewed research articles.   Use for current events topics or editorials and opinions dealing with current events.   Offers specialized industry or professional articles that tend to be more practical and applied in nature.   For the general interest reader—these articles are used to inform or entertain.




Academic Search Complete


Science Direct

More Databases arranged by Subject



Newspaper Source

More News Sources


Academic Search Complete

Business Source Premier

More Databases arranged by Subject


Academic Search Complete


Second: Choosing the Right Database

Listed above are just a few of the 100+ databases we have that house articles.  You can search theses databases for articles, just don't be afraid to jump into many different databases to find everything you need.  Your paper topic will determine which library databases to search, because many of our databases cover only one general subject (like psychology). We've broken down our databases by subject to help you find the most relevant databases for your topic.  Use the link below to find databases grouped by subject area.   

    Third: Using Keywords to Search

    In Step 1 you identified the key concepts and brainstormed new keywords fo ryour topic.  You tested those keywords out in Step 2 and Step 3, and now you'll put them to use again as your begin to search the various Library databases.

    In most library databases, including our online catalogs, you must use keywords to retrieve relevant results.  (As opposed to typing in an entire sentence.) The video tutorial below, created by the library at the University of Missouri-St.Louis, explains how to use keywords to effectively search library databases.

    Academic Search Complete

    Academic Search Complete

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