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Library Quick Links for CAHN 101W: Home

After the librarian's visit, you will be able to:

  • Distinguish scholarly sources (mainly research articles) from other sources

  • Find research articles 

  • Access APA style resources to help format your paper and cite sources 

Scholarly Information

Webpages are containers for different kinds of information

Scholarly sources are the foundation of college-level research &
are required for your assignment.

Use the tips below to help you compare sources.

  Scholarly Sources General Sources
TYPES Journals (often called peer-reviewed), books from academic publishers, government reports, theses, conference papers Magazines, newspapers, blogs, wikis, consumer information
AUDIENCE Written for professionals & students in a discipline Written for the average reader
PURPOSE Provides information through original research & data Provides information that summarizes research or opinion
CITATIONS Includes references or bibliography Few references or no bibliography
LENGTH Usually in PDF file; more than 5 pages Often posted directly on a web page; measured in paragraphs rather than pages
LOOK Mostly text and charts, few ads Many pictures & graphs, many ads
ACCESS Usually accessible via a library site or requires payment on Google Usually freely available on Google or found in stores

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