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Communication Sciences & Disorders: Researching the Literature: Before We Begin...

Just a Few Basics

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Articles are found in magazines, newspapers, and journals. Scholarly, peer-reviewed articles are generally found in journals. 


If you aren't sure what "scholarly" refers to, visit the Scholarly Journal vs. Popular Magazine guide.

Not sure what "peer reviewed" means?  Click here to view an excellent video explanation by NCSU Libraries.



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Journals contain numerous articles, and are often available in both print or online versions. 

online journal exampls

The online version of Child Language contains the same articles as the printed version above. The search boxes and features of an online journal simplify the process of finding articles on specific topics that have been published in that journal.








Databases gather articles from hundreds of journals in one, searchable interface. They may contain the full text of some articles, and just the citation information of others. Databases can focus on one subject area and contain journals that focus on that subject. See the database tab above for a list of article databases useful for research in communication sciences.