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One Book One College 2013 - 2014: Databases

Research Tips for One Book One College assignments

Searching Library Databases

Logging into Library Online Resources

Click on the online Library Resource and a login window will open. Enter your  MyChaffey ID and password, then click on the Login button

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What is the Difference Between Scholarly & Popular Articles?

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal Articles vs. Popular Magazine Articles

Journal Articles

  • Scholarly, peer reviewed and carefully fact checked

Written by subject specialists, often containing original research

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

  Scholarly Articles Popular Articles
Purpose In-depth and subject specific, often contains original research Provide general information for the public
Author Scholar or subject specialist, provides credentials Journalist, non-subject specialist paid for content
Audience Scholars, researchers and students General public
Language Specialized terminology General vocabulary
Images Few photos & ads More photos & ads
Accountability Peer-reviewed and fact checked by experts in the field Reviewed by editorial staff (not subject specialists)
References Required Generally not listed
Examples Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Nursing Ethics, Engineering Studies Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair

Key Databases for One Book One College

Relevant Journal Titles

Database Search Tips

Use Keywords when searching the databases. Getting too many results?

  • Make sure your topic isn't too broad, such as Health
  • Try narrowing your topic by:
    • Including a group type, such as Childhood Obesity
    • Including a location, such as California
    • Change the date range to the last few years, so the information is current
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