AND finds records with all of your terms/keywords and narrows your search.
OR finds records with any of the terms and broadens your search.
Truncation finds records with a term's various endings. For example, nurs* = nurse, nurses, nursing, nursed, etc.
Quotation marks search for a phrase instead of individual words. For example, "social media".
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Magazine and Journal Articles are often confused. When your instructor asks you to locate a journal article, do you know what you're looking for? The table below outlines some key differences between both sources of information.
|Magazine Article||Journal Article|
General or current interest
Detailed examination of professional interest
Non-professional journalist or freelance writer
Professional, topical expert
|Purpose||To inform or entertain||To keep scholars current with new research|
|Audience||General public||Professional or special interest groups|
|Example||Maclean's||International Journal of Child Health and Human Development|
Peer reviewed articles have undergone a process of evaluation by subject specific experts (peers) to ensure that information is accurate, high quality, and academically sound. Peer reviewed articles contain original research to be shared with researchers and other professionals.
Not all articles are peer reviewed. To find peer reviewed articles: