After you have a basic understanding of your topic of interest and have defined any key terms associated with it, it is time to learn more about individual aspects of it. Some popular journal, magazine, and newspaper articles databases available through the library are linked to on this page.
Before you begin searching, make sure you have your search terms outlined. For instance, if I am writing about Civil War in Kentucky, not only are Civil War and Kentucky my keywords but other key search terms such as the names of actual battles or major figures would also need to be considered. You also have to think about your end goal. What do you want your reader to take away from your paper? Sometimes, we have to broaden or narrow our topic depending on our goals and the information available to us.
Popular sources are written towards a general audience.
Scholarly sources are typically written by experts in a field of study.
Depending on your audience and purpose, you may use both popular and scholarly resources. However, it is generally understood that scholarly sources hold more authority since they are usually written by experts in a field, cite sources themselves, and are often peer-reviewed before publication.
Go to the Library Home Page
Under Find Information, select Journal & Newspaper Articles
Click on the first option, EBSCOhost Web
1) You can search all databases by selecting all
2) Specific databases by going to the Databases A – Z list
Or 3) Search databases selected for Human Services and Counseling by clicking on Human Services and Counseling on the top of the page and then again once it takes you to the page location.
The following databases are included in the Human Services & Counseling cluster: