These library databases contain reliable content and are arranged by topics. They are useful for locating issues that are of concern to the public or the government, or may be of interest as a research topic.
Review the Popular, Trade or Scholarly handout linked below and watch the 2 videos.
Popular/Mainstream – Lau, A. (2014). A series of unconscionable events. Psychology Today, 47(5), 18-19.
Scholarly/Academic – Welsh, D. T., Ordóñez, L. D., Snyder, D. G., & Christian, M. S. (2015). The slippery slope: How small ethical transgressions pave the way for larger future transgressions. Journal Of Applied Psychology, 100(1), 114-127. doi:10.1037/a0036950
Try to apply what you have learned
Here are two articles from author Atul Gawande, who writes for both popular and scholarly audiences. Select the links below and look at the following articles. Based on what you have learned about different types of publications, try to answer the following questions:
How would you categorize each--as a primary or secondary source?
How would you label each, as scholarly or popular?
Given the video on peer review, do you think any of the articles below might be from a peer reviewed publication? Why?
Library databases contain credible, published information that is not freely available through the public Internet. Access to these databases requires login with Access ID and password from off campus and personal devices.
The following databases cover a wide range of topics and will help you find a number of full-text scholarly articles that you can use to support your essay assignments. If you'd like to explore more, try a library Research Guide.