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Searching Library Databases

Researching using Academic Search Complete

Database Search Tips

  • Use Keywords when searching the databases
  • 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

Scholarly & Popular Sources video

Carnegie Vincent Library. "Scholarly and Popular Sources." YouTube. YouTube, 22 Mar. 2013. Web. 22 Oct. 2014.

A transcript is in the process of being created for this video. If you need assistance, please contact the Reference Librarian at library@chaffey.edu.

Most Popular Article Resources

What is the Difference Between Scholarly & Popular Articles?

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

  Scholarly Articles Popular Articles
Examples Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Nursing Ethics, Engineering Studies Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair
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

Accessing Chaffey Library Databases

1. Click on link of online library resource you wish to access. When prompted, login using your MyChaffey ID and password (same as used for wireless access onsite at Chaffey). The click on Login button. The login window will close and you will be directed to the library resource(s) you selected.

image of login box for Chaffey Library resources

2. Haven't used MyChaffey yet? Go to https://my.chaffey.edu.

3. Your MyChaffey ID is first name initial and last name initial in lowercase plus 7-digit Chaffey College ID number (for example, Chaffey Charlie's ID would be cc0323232). Your password is your 6-digit birthdate in MMDDYY format (no spaces, example: 080792) the first time you login.security questions in MyChaffey portal

4. You will then be required to change your password and set up your security/password reset questions once logged into MyChaffey.

MyChaffey password reset

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