There are many different types of articles including trade publication, newspaper, magazine, and scholarly (a.k.a. academic or peer-reviewed), which is the type you will most commonly use need for research assignments. Before the internet, all journals were printed; however, today most journals, including all of those in the NVC Library, are found online in databases. The library subscribes to dozens of article databases, both general and subject-based, which you can access for free by logging in with your student credentials.
Scholarly (a.k.a. peer-reviewed or academic) articles are found in journals, which publish issues containing new articles at regular periods (this is why they are also referred to as "periodicals").
A list of all the NVC Scholarly Article Databases can be found at:
Some popular, broad databases include:
This video from the Quinebaug Valley Community College Library goes over the "Anatomy of a Scholarly Article" tool from North Carolina State University Libraries.
Most of your college writing and research assignments will require you to use academic (a.k.a. scholarly) sources instead of popular sources.
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The following video from Carnegie Vincent Library describes the difference between scholarly and popular sources.
While many news sources can be accessed for free online, there are a variety of sources, often which are of higher quality, that require a subscription.
The Library provides access to thousands of news sources through the following databases:
Fake news is not new and has long been a major concern for anyone looking for accurate information. Therefore, when conducting research, it is essential to know how to evaluate a source for credibility. This video from FactCheck.org provides a quick overview of the key indicators of misinformation in news stories.