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SER101: Introduction to Social Welfare (Nolan): Articles & Databases

Researching Articles using Databases

BCC Libraries offer a variety of databases in which you can locate magazine, newspaper, trade, and scholarly journal articles.  The databases below have been chosen especially for research for SER 101.

Recommeded Databases

Tutorial Academic Search Premier

Useful Handout

How to Read a Scholaly Article

How to Read a Scholarly Article


Image "Reading a Scholarly Article"  published by Brandeis Library (CC by NC-SA).

Why use scholarly articles?

Why should you do research in academic journals?

  • Academic journal articles are often authored by scholars active in a particular field
  • Academic journal articles provide a close look at a particular topic
  • Academic journal articles often provide data to support their findings
  • Academic journal articles can lead readers to other sources through their bibliographies

If you find one good article that supports your research, you can use the bibliography at the end of the paper to locate further research.

What does Peer Review Really Mean?

What Really is a Scholarly Article?


Librarians call certain publications certain names.   

You may have heard the terms Scholarly Journal or Peer Reviewed, or Popular Magazine.

Below is a chart that explains what the two really mean.    You will not find Scholarly Journals at the grocery store or hairdresser.