IDIS 101: ESL: Find Journal Articles

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These databases index many types of sources, including journal articles, books, papers and documents. When searching a database, you should consider:

  • the types of materials found in the database
  • the purpose you will use it for

For more information, see the box "Evaluate the Source" on the right.

News Sources

See the News Sources tab above for more information on news sources.

Suggested Databases in the Field of Education

For those identified as 'EBSCOHost' platform, see quick guide.

See the tab above "Get the Full Text" for help in obtaining the items you identify in the databases below.

Evaluate the Source

It is important to consider the type of publication you are using for research.

Scholarly Journals report on research in a particular discipline. The articles are peer-reviewed by other scholars to verify accuracy and validity. Example: Journal of Educational Psychology

Trade Journals provide information of use to a field/industry, and is usually not research- based. The articles are not peer-reviewed. Contents include tips and tools for practitioners and innovations in a field. Example: Instructor

Magazines/Popular Journals usually focus on current topics for a general reader and are not research-based. Examples: Time and Newsweek

News sources are generally unbiased accounts of current events. Example: The New York Times

ERIC Documents include unpublished papers, association reports and government-published materials. Analyze these materials on a case-by-case basis for validity (be sure to check authorship) depending on your research purpose. Example: Classroom Management and the ADHD Student

Government Documents are primary source materials authored by various governmental agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Education. Example: Illinois State Board of Education Progress Report, June 2013

Websites can be produced by anyone for any reason. Consider, most importantly, the authority of website author(s) and the purpose of the site. Use these guidelines to evaluate internest sources.