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a stack of scholarly journals on a table, including the Journal of Interactive MarketingAlso known as "Scholarly Articles," "Peer-Reviewed Articles," or "Academic Articles" or "Research Articles," these are

  • Written and reviewed by scholars and provide new research, analysis, or information about a specific topic.
    • "Peer review" means the article is approved by other experts before publication
  • Usually focused on a narrow subject or a single case study
  • Intended for an academic audience

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Books on a shelf and a person reading on a kindle Unlike journal articles, books:

  • Are written on a broader, general subject
  • May contain a collection of related chapters by different authors
  • Contain less recent information

You may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book! Find relevant information quickly by reviewing chapter titles or checking the index (back of the book). 

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A laptop displaying Stonewall Uprising, a video on the Kanopy databaseAudio/visual resources are available in physical formats in the library (DVDs, Blu-rays, CDs) and digital formats (streaming video). 

For your assignments, we recommend using library resources rather than general YouTube videos to ensure you are using credible sources. 



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Exhibition Catalogs 

Exhibition catalogs (or catalogues) share the works included art exhibits via a printed volume. They often include critical commentary or essays about the exhibition and provide context for the individual works as well as the exhibition as a whole. 

Artist Catalogs 

Artist catalogs are volumes that share the work of an artist. These could be limited by timeframe, location, topic, etc or attempt to be comprehensive. Editions the include the complete works of an artist are called catalogue raissonés. They can include essays about the artist's work or career or even interviews with the artist.

Collection Catalogs 

Collection catalogs depict the holdings of a gallery, museum, or collection within one of these cultural heritage organizations.

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Use quotes to require a word or phrase be present somewhere in the search results. In this search, the phrases "climate change" and "infectious diseases" must appear somewhere in the search results. 

Google search for climate change and infectious diseases in quotes



Use the minus sign directly in front of and against a word for it to not appear in your search results. In this search, the phrase "animal cloning" must appear in the search results and the word "sheep" cannot show up in the search results. 

Google search for animal cloning in quotes and sheep with a minus sign in front of the word



Use the intitle: command to limit to search results with a specific keyword or phrase in the title of the web page. In this search, "microplastics" must appear somewhere in the search results and "Baltic Sea" must be in the title of the search result. 

Google search with microplastic in quotes and the phrase Baltic Sea after the intitle: command



Use the site: command to limit to a certain website or type of websites. Find credible websites quickly by using the command to limit to education websites and command to limit to U.S. Government websites. In this search, Google will limit to U.S. government websites with the phrase "information literacy" in the title of the search result. 

Google search with the phrase information literacy in quotes and a site command for .gov websites