COM 201: Speech: Articles/Databases
GVSU Library Tutorials
Search tips for finding articles
- use "quotation marks" around phrases
- truncate - shorten a word to its trunk or root to get alternate endings - with an asterisk * (shift 8), e.g., truncat* finds truncate, truncated, truncation
- apply Boolean connector AND to combine unlike ideas, e.g., dance AND promotion
- apply Boolean connector OR to connect synonyms, e.g., advertisements OR campaigns
Put it all together:
- "hip hop dance" in one box
- AND (promot* OR advertis* OR campaigns) in the next box
- use parentheses in single-box searching - when you don't have another set of boxes, e.g.,:
- "hip hop dance" AND (promot* OR advertis* OR campaigns)
Use the left or right menus to narrow your results, e.g., by language, date, subject, etc.
Databases have a citation (information about an article such as the title, author, name of the journal or magazine, volume and issue (which correspond to the date), date, and pages) and sometimes they will also contain an abstract, or summary, of the article.
Databases also often cite multiple types of resources - books, essays or chapters, government documents, etc.
Some databases will also have the complete item (called the full text): you should see a link to an HTML or PDF document. Or click on - this will check the other library databases for the full text of the article.
What kind of journal is this?
When researching, you will come across a variety of different types of journals. Most journals and magazines fall into one of the following three categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications. This table will show you how to find out how to tell the difference between these types of journals.
|Scholarly Journals||Popular Journals||Trade Journals|
|Purpose||Informs/reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field.||Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis.||Reports on industry trends, new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.|
|Authors||Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field.||Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff.||Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.|
|Audience||Intended for a limited audience - mainly researchers, scholars, and experts.||Appeals to a broad segment of the population.||Intended for people in a particular profession, business, or industry.|
|Appearance||Simple cover design, few images or ads. May include charts, graphs, data.||Glossy, colorful, many images and lots of advertising.||Often glossy paper; images/advertisements relate to specific field or profession.|
|Article length||Tend to be lengthy, may include original research, in-depth analysis, very specific focus.||Typically brief, from less than 1 page to several pages.||Short to medium length articles.|
|Content||Original research, literary criticism and theory, literature review, in-depth analysis of topic.||Short, feature-length articles, news and general interest topics.||Articles about professional trends, new products or techniques, industry-related news.|
|Writing style||Use terminology, language and jargon relevant to the discipline.||Simple language used, written for general public.||Technical, field-specific language used, assumes reader familiar with industry.|
|References||Articles typically include references, notes, works cited.||Articles typically do not have references.||Articles sometimes have references.|