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PSYC 201: Research Methods and Data Analysis FALL 2021

Popular articles (from magazines and newspapers)

Read the following, then go to the next box for resources to search.

To understand the difference between popular articles and scholarly ones, review the page above (Scholarly versus Popular Articles.)

Popular publications can do these things for you:

  • provide general background information before you turn to the academic journal literature;
  • help identify late breaking news about important scientific discoveries or developments;
  • point you to academic studies; for example, a newspaper or magazine or other popular publication may give a journalistic account of a scientific research project, mention its principal researchers, and mention the academic journal in which the research was published. You can then look up the scholarly journal article where the research was published.(You will have to assess the accuracy of the journalistic or popular accounts by turning to the research as published in a scholarly source.)

See the boxes below for databases that will help you find popular articles. 

Databases: Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Database resources for finding popular articles appear below. Consult the documentation that comes with a database for information about how to search it effectively.

Academic Search Ultimate  contains both popular and scholarly articles. To find just popular articles for purposes of background information, do the following. 

  • Put in your search. Don't use any of the "limiters" in the "search options" area below the search box
  • Click search
  • In the search results, look on the left under "Source Types"
  • Don't select Academic Journals, just select Magazines and also select Newspapers


Also, consider using the Advanced Google search engine to hunt around for online news. Make sure they're from a reputable source, though!