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Statistics & Data: Find Articles

Searching Library Databases

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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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 or population, such as "Children" (A topic on "Health" could become "Childhood Obesity")
    • Including a location, such as California
    • Limit the date range to the last 5 or 10 years to get up-to-date information

When using the databases below:

Be sure to look for the citation for a statistic! Quite often you can find more statistic at the source, and you can find out a bit more about the organization that collected and presented the information.

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal Articles vs. Popular Magazine 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

Data from Peer-reviewed Articles -- Suggested Databases

Authors of peer-reviewed articles will often produce original data sets from their studies, which may help you build evidence for your point of view. Try looking in these places for peer reviewed sources:

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