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ENG 3010 - Intermediate Writing

How to Use this Guide

By using this guide and the recommended resources, you will learn how knowledge is created and organized. You will discover how different disciplines conduct research and create new knowledge.

Request Appointment with a Subject Specialist Librarian

Each College, Department and Program on campus has an assigned Subject Specialist Librarian. These librarians can help you locate journals in your discipline, locate articles on specific topics, request articles that are not available in the library's collections, and more. You can make an appointment to meet with a librarian in person or over the phone. Some librarians may be able to accommodate online appointments.

Exploring a Topic

You can use the following databases to explore topics and begin to find resources for your argumentative paper.

Finding Journals--Scholarly & Trade

Scholarly Journals


  • Scholarly journals report the research and academic discourse of the discipline.
  • Emphasis is on theory and/or research-based studies.






Locating scholarly articles using a library database: 
Each discipline or field of study has a corresponding library database that contains scholarly articles. To locate the relevant scholarly article database for your field of student, consult

  • a library Research Guide,
  • the Databases by Subject listing or
  • Ask a Librarian!

Trade/Practitioner Publications

Trade Publications

What is a trade/practitioner publication? A trade publication reports news about an industry or profession. Some examples of trade publications are Chemical Week, Aviation Week, and Advanced Materials & Processes.

Locating trade/practitioner publications:
The first two databases listed below contain a substantial number of articles from trade publications.

Need a library research refresher?

Here are some online videos, handouts, tutorials and other resources that can help you navigate the library and its resources and services.

Need help finding scholarly articles? These videos show you how to use Summon and Google Scholar to search for and connect to full-text scholarly journal articles.


1. I cannot find a journal for my discipline

  • Search the ejournal list directly. Use a very broad term like marketing and make sure the Title Contains All Words is selected as the search type.
  • Use a library Research Guide for the discipline to find a journal or database recommendation from a librarian.
  • Search the library's Summon discovery system for a topic related to your discipline (discourse community), and look at the citation of an article that might interest you. Find the name of the journal the article is published in. You can then find and link to articles from that journal using the ejournals search on the library homepage.
  • Try a Google search for professional association [name of discipline]. For example: professional association marketing. Look for a Publications or Research link to find journals published by that association.

2. How do I find scholarly articles?

  • Be sure you are using a library database. Use a Research Guide to recommend what database you should use for your topic.
  • Know the difference between a scholarly article and popular magazines, and trade or practitioner journals. If you do not, use the video and handout on this guide to help you.
  • Use a database limit feature that selects "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" articles.

3. I cannot find enough on my topic.

  • Try synonyms or broader terms (ex., "Climate change" for "global warming").
  • Check your search terms and generate some other keywords to use. Write these down.
  • When you find a source that you really like, make note of the keywords or subject terms (sometimes called descriptors) that are used.
  • Be sure that you are using 3-4 keywords, not a long string of words to search.

The Annotated Bibliography

The Review of Research

Understanding Scholarship as Conversation

Types of articles

Scholarly journals do not only publish empirical research articles. The scholarship may also be presented as theoretical analysis or humanities research. Other types of articles include literature reviews, meta-analysis, guest articles, book reviews, and perspective, editorials and commentary. It is important that you are able to distinguish among these different types of articles, which each serve a purpose in communication among scholars and professionals.

Following are examples of these different types of articles.