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SSI2-168: Zen Insights and Oversights: Finding Scholarly Articles

What's a secondary source?

In secondary sources, authors analyze and interpret primary source materials. 

Secondary sources can be scholarly or popular.  Scholarly sources (sometimes called "academic" or "peer-reviewed" sources) are written by and for experts and typically include bibliographies and citations.  Popular sources are written for a general, non-expert audience and can be authored by anyone.

Primo Journal Search

Type in the title of the journal, not the title of the article!

Recommended Subject Database

There are several databases from which to choose when you are seeking scholarly work. For this course, you most likely will want to search one or more subject databases.  Subject databases are focused on a single discipline or interdisciplinary field and index books, essays in books, and scholarly articles.  Some subject databases, like ATLA, also index articles that appear in popular magazines.

Database Search Tips

Always use the advanced search interface and some combination of the following techniques to increase the effectiveness of your searches:

Search Technique   What It Does
quotation marks Searches for exact phrase
Truncation (usually an *) Searches for all forms of a word
Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) Lets you broaden or narrow your search
Database thesaurus or index             Allows you to pinpoint the exact indexing terms the database uses