Use your textbook, Wikipedia, or Google search results to try to understand your topic. These won't be scholarly sources, but they'll give you ideas about how to proceed.
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Tips for LibrarySearch:
Filtering For Peer-Reviewed Articles
Use the Peer-reviewed and Articles filters under the Availability and Resource type headings, respectively
The peer-reviewed filter may include articles that aren't peer-reviewed. Remember to think about the characteristics of a peer-reviewed article.
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Click on the title of an article to find more information, including:
Use the subject terms and abstract to determine if the article is relevant and to get ideas for more search terms
Use a link under Access options to get to the full text of the article
What are Scholarly Journals?
Publications released periodically that contain peer-reviewed research articles as well as other features of interest to scholars in an academic field. Other types of articles may include:
How do I know if and when a journal uses peer review before publishing articles?
Searching for a Particular Journal
You can find out if the library has a journal by searching for the title in the LibrarySearch box and selecting the Journals radio button. After you've completed your search, you can also browse journals by category.
1. Use the search you created previously to find a peer-reviewed article
2. Record the title of the article and the journal in the Padlet underneath your search terms (edit the box in which you recorded your search)
3. Confirm that the article and journal are peer-reviewed
Characteristics of a Scholarly Book
Monographs vs. Edited Books
Tips for Finding Scholarly Books
Detailed citation guides for APA and MLA can be found on the library website.
APA: Engesser, S., Ernst, N., Esser, F., & Büchel, F. (2017). Populism and social media: How politicians spread a fragmented ideology. Information, Communication & Society, 20(8), 1109–1126. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1207697
MLA: Engesser, Sven, et al. “Populism and Social Media: How Politicians Spread a Fragmented Ideology.” Information, Communication & Society, vol. 20, no. 8, 2017, pp. 1109–26. Taylor & Francis Social Sciences and Humanities, https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2016.1207697.
APA: Schroeder, R. (2018). Social Theory after the Internet: Media, Technology, and Globalization. UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787351226
MLA: Schroeder, Ralph. Social Theory after the Internet: Media, Technology, and Globalization. UCL Press, 2018, https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781787351226.
Chapter in an Edited Book
APA: Moffitt, B. (2019). Populism 2.0: Social media and the false allure of “unmediated” representation. In G. Fitzi, J. Mackert, & B. Turner (Eds.), Populism and the Crisis of Democracy (pp. 30–46). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315108063-3
MLA: Moffitt, Benjamin. “Populism 2.0: Social Media and the False Allure of ‘Unmediated’ Representation.” Populism and the Crisis of Democracy, edited by Gregor Fitzi, et al. Routledge, 2019, pp. 30–46, https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315108063-3.