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WRT 101 & 102 - Downtown (Dorsey) Writing I: Find Articles

General Encyclopedias

The following is a list of encyclopedias you can use to develop some background knowledge about your topic.

Online Reference Resources

The following resources include articles about controversial issues.

Periodical Databases

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


Find articles, books, videos, and more from a single search box:


Basic Search    |    Advanced Search    |   What is the MEGASearch?

Citing Sources

Remember, all the databases have MLA citations for articles.  Just look for the Cite or Citation icon (see samples below) or scroll to the bottom of the page, and copy and paste the MLA citation to your paper.

cite             citation tools

For more help on citing sources, click the Write & Cite tab above.       

Scholarly vs Non-Scholarly Resources

Your instructor may ask your to use only scholarly resources for your paper.  What's the difference between a scholarly or non-scholarly resource?

Scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources include books and articles published in scholarly journals, encyclopedias, and books.  These sources are reviewed by a panel of experts in that particular field, and are often published by a professional association or a university press.  These experts ensure the information published is credible before accepting it for publication.

Non-Scholarly sources include websites, magazines, newspapers, and books that undergo no expert review prior to publishing.

    Check with your instructor if you plan to use any non-scholarly websites and use the CRAAP test to evaluate them.