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Distinguishing between Popular and Scholarly Sources

When your instructors assign research projects, they frequently will instruct you to use only scholarly or peer-reviewed sources. The video below, produced by the Hartness Library in Vermont, shows you how to distinguish between scholarly and popular articles.

In addition, you can click on the link below to access a page that will explain in geater detail the differences among scholarly, trade, and popular sources.

What are Databases?

What are databases, and why do I need to use them? 

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A library database is a tool to help you find articles--quality information in publications such as academic journals, newspapers, and magazines. In the library the word "database" usually refers to a subscription service that provides many titles under one name. Adelphi Libraries subscribe to many databases. 

Watch the video below for additional information on why and how you should use databases in your research.