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IS 101: Introductory Research Tips and Review:

Research tips for introduction AND review.

Newspaper, Magazine, or Journal Article?


Facts about current events 

Watch out for bias--political, emotional, or even unintended


Longer articles events (current/historical) or personal profiles

Watch out for bias--political, emotional, or even unintended

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Specific scholarly studies on narrow topics--

  • may or may not be about current events
  • may be scholarly or in the humanities

Peer-reviewed Journal Review Process

Watch out for relevancy and specificity

So is an article from a library database a web source?

Web sources = published to the web

  • Three-Four steps: 1: Write content 2: Editing process? 3: Publish to the web 4: You read it online

Other sources you read online, but aren't web sources = published somewhere else first

Six or more steps:

  1. Write content
  2. Publish in publication, usually print
  3. Database buys access to the publication
  4. Library buys access to the database
  5. Library places access on the web
  6. You read it online

Article Search Basics

ProQuest Central has newspaper, magazine, and scholarly/peer-reviewed articles--perfect for IS 101, EN 112, and beyond!

1. Choose to search articles through ProQuest Central (one database).

2. Search and then make limitations for what you need--article type, date, full-text, etc.

3. Use the page options to read an article, email it, print it, or even get a citation (double-check!).

4. Use the right lingo! Quotes around common phrases, such as "high school," "medical marijuana," or "contact sports." Take advantage of adding more search boxes to get the perfect search.

5. You can also search ALL Wartburg's databases by searching through OneSearch.

Newspaper Guide

If you want to dig into newspapers hardcore, this guide (linked below) shows the many ways you have access to newspapers in our databases from around the country and the world.