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Research Tutorial for Distance Learners: Finding Articles

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Articles by Citation-when you have the full citation and want to know if Galvin Library has access to the article.




What are articles good for?

Articles are great for when you want to find the most current research on your topic or when you need detailed information about very specific subject.  There are many types of articles.  Some are written by scholars and undergo rigorous peer review; others are written by journalists in the industry and do not face the same scrutiny.  You'll find articles from journals and newspapers, as well as conference reports, book reviews, editorials, and popular magazines inside our databases. invisible

Finding Articles

When selecting articles for your research you need to distinguish between scholarly journal and popular magazine articles. 

Scholarly journal articles:

  • written by a scholar or subject matter expert
  • found in peer reviewed journals
  • often include charts or graphs
  • are longer and contain references

Popular magazine articles:

  • written by reporters with little to no subject matter expertise
  • found in publications such as Time, People or Newsweek
  • includes photographs and advertising
  • are generally short and do not contain references

Use the IIT Library databases to find articles. Many of the databases will allow you to limit your search to peer reviewed articles. For additional help consult this guide.

Search Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a popular way to search for scholarly articles, reports, books and more.  You can connect Google Scholar to IIT's libraries from the Library links section of Scholar Settings. This way, when you find an article you'd like to read you will be able to see if we have the article or be directed to MyILL to request it.

Google Scholar Search

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