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Composition 1 - Melbourne - ENC 1101

A guide for Composition I Students at Eastern Florida State College- Melbourne campus.

  Finding Articles

Unlike the open Internet, the databases are paid content accessible via the EFSC Libraries. These are credible resources that you use for your research. Each database covers a specific subject or field of study, and articles come from various publications within a database.


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For general articles: try selecting the "Alphabetical" tab and then choose one of these: Academic OneFile or Academic Search Complete, or Omnifile Full Text.

For newspapers: try selecting the "By Subject" tab and then choose "News and Current Events."

Did you know the New York Times Historical allows you to access news articles that go back to 1851?  Yes! It can be found under "News and Current Events" or alphabetically by name.

Need an idea for a paper? Try Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center or CQ Researcher.

For reference resources: try selecting the "By Subject" tab and then choose "Reference, Dictionaries, and Encyclopedias." There is also the Virtual Reference Shelf.

Occupational Outlook Handbook(career statistics and descriptions compiled by the U.S. government)



A Word about Magazines, Periodicals and Journals

A Word to the Wise:

Most instructors agree:  Database articles are preferable to internet content found on search engines such as Google, Bing, or Yahoo.

Scholarly Journals or Popular Magazines?

Your instructor may require you to use scholarly sources for an assignment as they are considered more authoritative than popular magazines.  For this reason it's important to recognize the differences between the two types of publications.


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Cover story from Time magazine Cover story from People magazine Cover story from Newsweek magazine

  • Visually appealing, heavily illustrated, lots of advertisements

  • Often written by journalists for a general audience

  • Language is easily understood by general readers

  • Rarely provides full citations for sources

  • Written for the general public

  • Articles tend to be short


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Cover of Child Development Journal Cover of Behavioral & Information Technology Journal Cover of Journal of Child and Family Studies
  • May contain charts, diagrams, and often have a sober, serious look

  • Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars 

  • Use scholarly or technical language

  • Are often refereed or peer reviewed, meaning articles are reviewed by a community of experts in a given field before being accepted for publication

  • Includes full citations for sources 

  • Tend to be longer articles about research

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I'll get the newspaper.  What's your password?

 From: Interlibrary Loan Sharks and Seedy Roms: Cartoons from Libraryland

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