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Safety 255: Alcohol & Other Drugs: Finding Articles

An online course guide for use with Safety 255

Article Databases

The Library has a number of resources you can use to find peer-reviewed articles related to your research topic. It is recommended that you start with the database ScienceDirect. The other health-related databases on this page may be useful as well.

Is it Scholarly?

Scholarly articles have unique characteristics that distinguish them from popular magazine articles. Some of these characteristics include:

  • Length - scholarly articles are longer, usually over 10 pages. This is because they discuss previous research, present new research or make new arguments, and draw conclusions.
  • Authors - scholarly articles are often written by professors or professionals in a field.
  • Language - scholarly articles use technical language, or jargon, relevant to the field.
  • References - readers will always find a thorough bibiliography at the end of a scholarly article.

For more information, check out the Scholarly Journal, Trade Journal, & Popular Magazine Articles guide or watch the video below.


Suggested Websites

The following websites are reputable sources that have been recommended by your professor. Please keep in mind that these do not count as peer-reviewed sources.

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