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Research Guides

INI101: Blogging the just city

This guide supports the class taught by Prof. Shawn Micallef.

What is a journal article?

Scholarly vs. popular articles

Scholarly journal articles are very different from magazine or newspaper articles.

Magazines Scholarly Journals
Purpose to entertain, inform, sell, or present a point of view to report on research or other scholarly work
Format many pictures, advertisements graphs, statistics, charts (very few ads)
Style concise, sensational writing style lengthy, technical terminology
Author probably a paid journalist or freelancer with no specific qualifications in the subject of the article,  sometimes anonymously published an expert on the topic of the article.  will include the name, position, and institution
Editors staff editor, probably another journalist other experts working in the same field
References no footnotes or bibliography sources always cited.  extensive list

Find the full-text article by title

Find articles on a topic

Tip: Try Google Scholar

Google Scholar

Searches scholarly articles, Google Books and quasi-scholarly material, harnessing the power of a Google search. Helpful for citation searching: it allows you to link to works that cite the articles in your results list (click on Cited by).

Note: don't pay for any articles! Go back to the library to get the full-text of your sources.