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FIG: Science In The News

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Brian Westra
Brian Westra
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What are "Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed" articles?

The Scholarly vs. Popular page provides you with clues about how to distinguish the difference between scholarly and popular journal articles.

Exercise: compare article 1 with article 2

Is one or both of these scholarly (or "academic" or peer-reviewed), or popular?

How do I find articles?

Here are a couple of options for searching for articles, using UO Libraries resources.

Use the databases in your subject area.

For detailed and specific searches, it's usually better to open and search individual databases on those pages.


Getting the article file:
If the article citation doesn't include a link to full text, click on the FindText link to see if the article is available online or in print via the UO Libraries.

If the article file is not available, you can request it from another library via ILLiad.

How do I search for books?

Use the UO Libraries catalog (also called "UO Worldcat")

The catalog searches for information from the UO Libraries, plus books shared by our consortia of 36 universities and colleges in the Pacific Northwest, and thousands of other libraries in the the world.

The results pages display the matches for

  • UO items first, then
  • those in our consortia, and then
  • anywhere else.

The catalog includes articles, so check the books box on the search results page (on left side of page) if you only want to see books.

You can have books held for you, to pick them up at the Science Library.

How long can you check out books?

Citing Articles

Create a list of citations for each of the sources you are referencing (articles or books)

Information in a citation for a book or article is organized according to a "writing style." There are many different styles to choose from; the key is to be consistent, using that style for all your citations and footnotes or endnotes in the paper you're writing

Other Science Library resources

Course reserves: books and other materials set aside by your instructor for checkout for a limited amount of time.

Classrooms and study spaces: you can reserve rooms for your group.

Other equipment you can check out: video games and game consoles, laptops, phone chargers, a portable projector, scientific and graphing calculators, headphones, etc.


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Created by bwestra on Oct 22, 2013 Last updated Oct 28, 2013