Article Source Types
Note: This is a broad overview of the types of articles you'll frequently see when searching the MATC Library website. Your instructor is the best guide as to whether a particular article is allowable for your research.
When you use Search All Library Materials with One Search, you'll see a list of results. On the left side of the screen, look for "Filter by Source Type." Checking one of the boxes limits your results to only that type of article.
So for example, to filter your results to only Academic Journals, under Filter by Source type, check Academic Journals.
Below are a list of common sources and short explanations of their characteristics.
Academic or Scholarly Journals
Academic journals are also known as scholarly journals.
Many of these publications contain scholarly "peer-reviewed" articles. Peer-Reviewed articles have gone through additional oversight by fellow experts in the field to review accuracy and the use of proper research methods. To limit your results to Peer Reviewed sources, under Limit To, check Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.
News sources are newspapers. Newspapers are written for a broad audience.
Magazines are geared toward the general public and cover a variety of topics and current events.
Trade or Professional Publications
Trade publications are also known as professional publications. Like scholarly or academic journals, they geared towards people in a particular profession, but with significant differences.
Reviews are book review articles.
Reports vary widely in their content and purpose.
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