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Pre-Research Information: Articles (AL): Home

Guide created by Anne Anderson. Direct comments to aanderson@nvcc.edu

Where to Find Articles

The library buys a few magazines and newspapers in print


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The library buys thousands of magazines, journals and newspapers, such as the Washington Post, through online databases.

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When you do research for your classes and need to find articles, you will likely use online databases.

This guide will focus on how to look at an article in a database, and a few strategies for how to tell the database what you want.

Why Use a Magazine, Journal or Newspaper Article?

Magazines, journals and newspapers:

  • Provide detailed information about a specific aspect of a topic.
  • Report on events, issues or scholarly research.
  • Are good sources for current or recent information.

Magazines, journals and newspapers typically do NOT provide a summary or overview of a topic.