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Social Services: Finding Articles

This guide assists students in finding information resources for Social Services.

Why Articles?

Articles come from a variety of sources including newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.

Articles are useful because...

  • They are current.
  • They cover very specific aspects of a particular topic.
  • Articles from scholarly journals provide current research for very specific topics, and are peer-reviewed.

Can you spot the NOT-Scholarly Journal?

Some of the hallmarks of a scholarly journal are:

  • Looks boring!
  • No celebrities on the cover!
  • No sexy people on the cover!
  • No or few colorful ads!
  • Will never see for sale at the grocery store!
  • Really expensive!
  • Articles are often long! 
  • Articles have long titles with big words!
  • Articles have multiple authors!
  • Articles contain statistical tables!
  • They're meant to inform & educate, not sell!
  • All of this means QUALITY you can trust!


Top Article Databases

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You can use article databases to find articles from magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and trade journals.

IMPORTANT:  When accessing the databases from off-campus, you will be asked to input your MyPima username and password.



Features:  You can print, email, and save articles from databases.

Limiters:  After your initial search, you may be able to limit your results by topc by using the SUBJECT HEADINGS or SOURCE TYPES (such as Academic Journals, Newspapers, etc.)

Cite:  Many of the library databases include APA citations. If you use an article from a database, you can simply copy the citation into your Works Cited page. (Use the Citing Sources tab above to help you to make sure they are correct.)