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ENG101: College Writing (Tracey)

Scholarly Articles vs Popular Articles

What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly or peer-reviewed articles are written by experts in academic or professional fields. They are excellent sources for finding out what has been studied or researched on a topic as well as to find bibliographies that point to other relevant sources of information. 

Recommeded Databases

Try Boolean Connectors to Target Search Results!

Keyword searching uses the words AND / OR as powerful connectors between keyword terms to tell a database or catalog how to search according to a system of Boolean logic.

 

1.     Turn your research question or statement into keywords:

                   Confirmation bias, promoted by regular use of social media, has a negative impact on students' critical thinking skills.

"confirmation bias"               "social media"            "critical thinking"*

*"Quotes" are used to indicate a phrase is being searched for.  Put quotes around two-or-more word combinations.

2.    Make a list of synonyms for each of the terms or concepts:

"confirmation bias"    "social media"   "critical thinking"
"echo chamber"      "social networking sites"  

 3.    Use Boolean logic to connect these keywords into a search statement.

 "social media" and "confirmation bias"

*Your results will show only articles that contain both terms, or phrases. This connector serves to narrow your results.

 "confirmation bias" or "echo chamber"

*Your results will show articles in which at least one of the terms, or phrases, appears. This connector serves to expand your potential results.