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Introduction to Library Research (Instruction Guide): Finding Articles

Student Learning Objectives: Learn to use the Chabot Community College Library in person and online to support educational and research assignments.

Scholarly Journal Articles v. Magazines with Popular Articles

Example of Journals with Scholarly Articles

Scholarly Articles are written by experts in the field and, additionally, reviewed by panel experts in the field.  They tend to include a lot of research and data, and the information in the article is backed up by a list of references. 


Example of Magazines with Popular Articles

Popular Articles are often written by journalists for a general audience and are not reviewed by experts in the field.  Popular articles rarely include references.


For more detailed information on what a scholarly article looks like, see the excellent tutorial Anatomy of a Scholarly Article.

Academic Search Premier Database

Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary database and thus can be used to find information on research paper topics for any of your classes at Chabot College. This database includes:

  • Academic journal articles, Newspaper articles, Magazine articles
  • More than 13,600 indexed and abstracted journals
  • Full text for over 4,700 journals
  • Over 12,000 peer-reviewed, indexed and abstracted journals
  • More than 4,000 peer-reviewed, full-text journals

View the tutorial on how to conduct a basic database search in Academic Search Complete here!

A Comparison: Google vs Google Scholar vs Library Databases