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Interlibrary Loan: Request journal articles and newspapers unavailable at Brown. The interlibrary loan office will track them down and you will received a PDF copy.
Library Discovery Tool: Cross-search physical and electronic collections at Brown from the search box on the library homepage. This includes books, ebooks, journal articles, and most other materials in the Brown Library.
Google Scholar: Search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Use the Cited By link to find similar articles. Can be challenging to narrow searches. Look for the "FindIt@Brown" button for links to the articles.
Articles are part of Journals. Journals are found either by title or through Databases. Databases are found by title or subject.
What is a scholarly article?
A scholarly source is a publication, such as a journal, that includes articles which document and discuss the results of original research. The author is usually one or all of the researchers who did the research. Publishing in a scholarly journal is a method researchers use to communicate their research and share with other scholars in their field of study. The content usually includes a review of literature previously published on this topic, methodolody used in the study, and the findings. The audience for these articles is usually discipline specific, and as a result the language in articles is often technical and discipline-specific. Articles in scholarly publications have gone through an editorial review by a panel of experts to ensure that the article has met the requirements of a scholarly article.
What is a popular article?
A popular article appears in a magazine or newspaper that you may buy at the supermarket. The content in these publications often covers current events or summarizes research done by others. The content in these publications is often brief, written in simple language, and often includes pictures and advertisements. Authors are not always named, and sources are not always identified.