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magazinesAre you required to find "Scholarly Articles," "Peer-Reviewed Articles," or "Academic Articles"? If so, these types of articles are:

  • Written and reviewed by scholars and provide new research, analysis, or information about a specific topic.
    • "Review" means the article is approved by other experts before publication
  • Usually focused on a narrow subject or a single case study
  • Intended for an academic audience
    Limit your search results to these types of articles by checking the box below: Peer-Reviewed (Scholarly) Only.

OneSearch

OneSearch is an extensive search engine for information in news, articles, and ebooks. Nexis Uni information, however, is not included in OneSearch. Search the Nexis Uni database separately.

Smart Searching Part 1: Tips and Tricks for Finding What You Need Quickly! This tutorial will show you how to find articles, ebooks, and other resources using the One Search box.

Smart Searching Part 2 with One Search -Keyword v. Subject This interactive tutorial will show you how to limit results by date and refine your search by subject.

Business-related Databases

These databases contain articles and ebooks for business-related topics.

Use the OneSearch box on the previous tab to find case studies. Type "case studies" and a topic keyword or phrase in the search box.

Example: "case studies" and "personnel management"

The quotation marks tell the database to search for articles where two words appear together. Click on Search. In the list of results, you will find articles that contain one or more case studies for personnel management. 

Note: As you look at your results list, you will see that these phrases are "Subjects." Subjects are assigned to every article and are useful in finding other articles on the same subject.

You can narrow the search by adding more search or subject terms: Example: "case studies" and "personnel management" and discrimination 

To limit your results to recent case studies, move the Publication date slide to the right. 

Avoid using Editorials or Letters to the Editor from print or online newspapers. These articles are "opinion pieces" and the authors may lack subject expertise.
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Use these reliable fact-checking and bias-checking websites for news articles and websites:

  • FactCheck.org (politics)

  • Snopes (urban legends, hoaxes, folklore, memes, and rumors)   

  • Climate Feedback (climate change)

  • AFP (choose news, world regions, topics - health, environment, science, politics)   

  • MediaBias/Fact Check (analyzes news and other website bias and contains a list of questionable sources). 

  • AllSides (reviews how the same news story is covered across the political spectrum - from the left, the center, and the right).                                                                                 

Credible Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social media posts of "first-hand" accounts of current happenings, such as political rallies, strikes, protest, and entertainment events may be used as primary sources. These sources are analyzed by you, the writer (Coleman, 2013, p.60). Social media should not be used as expert analyses or interpretations to support your argument.  

Sources:

Auraria Library (n.d.). Social media as a primary source. https://guides.auraria.edu/
       c.php?g=323480&p=2863867

Coleman, V. (2013, November/December). Social media as a primary source: A coming of age.
       Educause Review, 48(6), 60-61. https://er.educause.edu/articles/2013/12/
       social-media-as-a-primary-source-a-coming-of-age

Primary sources are first-hand accounts of an event, or original documents or data. Examples of primary sources include:
  • newspaper articles from the time of the event, photographs, video, or audio that show the event;
  • speeches or interviews; 
  • company financial statements, government documents, academic articles containing original ("empirical") research;

    and
  • transcripts of court trials or hearings, legal cases, statutes, and administrative rules or regulations.
Use primary sources for contemporaneous accounts, raw data, and to identify empirical research.
 
Secondary sources describe, analyze, review, interpret or are based on primary sources. Examples of secondary sources include:
  • Encyclopedia articles
  • News articles about past events
  • Textbooks
  • Scholarly journal articles
  • Reviews
Use secondary sources for analyses, reviews, or summaries of information from primary sources or other secondary sources.
 
Bowdoin College Library. (n.d.). Primary and secondary sources. https://library.bowdoin.edu/research/
        primary-and-secondary-sources.shtml
NorthCentral University Library. (2021, November 2). Primary and secondary resources.     
        https://ncu.libguides.com/researchprocess/primaryandsecondary.
University of Illinois Library. (2021, October 22). Information sciences 505: Information organization and access: Primary vs 
        secondary sources. https://guides.library.illinois.edu/c.php?g=347168&p=2342340
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