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Getting Started IS 101 and beyond:

Research tips for introduction AND review.


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?

When your professors don't allow website sources, they typically mean online sources that are published directly to the web and that do not resemble traditional publishing models. They do not mean articles that you find in online databases, as these are not web-published but print least, they used to be. 

The distinction between the two is a lot fuzzier now, as credible websites have developed and some databases now search web resources in additional to digitized print materials.

It's more important to know what you are looking at--which you can find out by performing the SIFT evaluation actions and applying the PATS aspects and questions.

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.