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What are Scholarly, Popular, and Trade Articles?

  • Scholarly: In-depth, research-based articles, books, and book chapters written by scholars and experts and intended for other researchers, experts, and students.
  • Popular: Articles, books, and book chapters written by journalists or professional writers for a general audience in common language (e.g., newspapers and magazines).
  • Trade: Practical information published as articles, books, and book chapters written by professionals in the field for other professionals in the field, including news, trends, and other updates.

Learn more: What is Scholarly?

Learn more: To research information about journals, magazines, and newspapers, look up the source in Ulrichsweb Periodicals Directory.

      

    Finding Scholarly, Popular, and Trade Articles

    See a list of all databases via the Library Homepage  --  Databases A to Z (in the Research navigation area).

    Check the Subject Guides for other recommended databases and resources by subject.

    Academic Search Complete
    A database of scholarly, popular, and trade publications in a wide variety of disciplines and subject areas. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.

    Business Source Complete
    A database of scholarly, popular, and trade journals covering all aspects of accounting, business, and economics. Most full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.

    Communication and Mass Media Complete
    Premier database of scholarly and trade journals and books in media and communication and related areas. Some full text is linked directly in the database; otherwise, use the Check for Full Text buttons to check for full text online or in the library.

    LexisNexis Academic
    A database of popular newspapers, magazines, and broadcast transcripts, as well as business publications, legal materials, and more. Full text is linked directly in the database.

        
       

      Getting the Full Text of Articles

      To get the full text of an article, consider the following options:

      - If you are in Encompass Search or a library database, look for "Check for Full Text buttons," "Access Online," or "Check eResources" buttons. These buttons will take you the full text of the article or tell you that the full text cannot be found. If the full text is not available from Trexler Library, look for buttons to request the item from another library via interlibrary loan. Or go directly to the interlibrary loan request forms.

      - If you have citation information for the article (i.e., journal title, article title, publication year, etc.), type the information about your article in Encompass Search on the library website. If the library subscribes to the full text, you will be directed to the article (see first bullet above). If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

      - If Trexler Library does not have access to the full text of the article, search Google Scholar by article title to see if the author has made a copy freely available online. If not, you can request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

      Citing Your Sources

      • For information on APA Style, see:
        • APA Style (Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College)
          Examples of in-text and reference list citation formatting.
        • APA Style (Purdue Online Writing Lab)
          General orientation to APA Style, plus examples of paper and citation formatting.
        • APA Documentation Guide (University of Wisconsin)
          General orientation to APA Style, plus examples of paper and citation formatting.
      • Zotero
        "Free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources." Download instructions and help available on the site.
          

        Need Help with Your Research?

        Contact:

        Jen Jarson
        Social Sciences Reference Librarian
        phone: 484-664-3552
        email: jarson@muhlenberg.edu

            
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