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English Composition (100, 101, 102): Databases

What are Databases?

Students, faculty, and researchers all rely on databases to find reliable, scholarly sources. Databases are platforms which allow users to search through collections of online journals and content.
Databases can be multidisciplinary or subject-specific. For example, ERIC specializes in education content, while PsychINFO focuses on psychology and counseling. 

Databases for YOU

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Carrie Halquist
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Evaluating Sources

General criteria are available to help determine if periodicals and journals are scholarly, often called peer-reviewed journals, practitioner / professional journals, or popular magazines.

Consider such things as:

Authority - Who wrote the article? What qualifications or credentials do they have regarding subject?

Content - What style of writing is used? Is it objective or trying to sell you something? Is it fact or opinion?

Audience - Who is the intended reader? What reading level is the article (advanced, general)?

Citation - Is the article properly cited? Does it have a bibliography or footnotes?

Review Process - Has the article been reviewed by subject specialists?