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Q. How can I find a scholarly journal article and a popular magazine article on the same topic?

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Jun 28, 2016     Views: 119

A good place to start is ProQuest Central or Ebsco Academic Search Complete. These databases index a mix of popular magazines and scholarly journals; many articles can be found full-text in the databases.

In all these databases, you can limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. If you choose the scholarly limit, your will omit articles from more popular magazines such as Time or People.

Once you have input a search and have a list of articles, you may also have the option to limit your results to show only popular, trade, or academic publications.

Examples of publication type limits in ProQuest and Ebsco.

Need help distinguishing a peer-reviewed journal from a popular or trade publication? View our tip sheet on peer-reviewed journals.

Keep in mind: "peer-reviewed" is a label applied to the entire journal. Even a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal might contain some articles, such as editorials or news columns, that have not been through a rigorous peer-review process. 

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