Magazines, newspapers, and journals are called "periodicals" because they are issued on a regular or "periodic" basis.
If you are able to recognize the differences among these sources, you will be able to identify the best information for your research need.
Just like in Google, searching in the databases can produce hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of results!
When you type in your keywords and find articles, be selective.
Here are a few things to notice:
In addition, by reading the abstract, you can see how relevant the article is to your topic.
You be the Judge!
Criteria for judging Web sites for academic use:
1. Author's credentials & affiliation
2. Purpose of the site (educational or commercial?)
What is the stated purpose of the site? Check the "About..." link if there is one. Is the site intended to inform, educate, or entertain? Would you quote information from this site in a college research paper?
3. Bias (sponsorship, language, or images)
4. Currency (kept up-to-date)
6. References to sources of information
For more, see the Lesley Searchpath tutorial, Module 5.
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