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Student Development: Articles and Databases

This guide includes information on print and electronic library resources, and also provides links to online resources that help support ACC coursework in Student Development.

In this tutorial, you will explore the role articles play in research, key features of newspapers, magazines and journals, how library databases can help, and how to locate articles using library databases. This module is designed to take about 10 minutes to complete and includes lots of examples and some interactive practice.

Take a look at our online guide, Finding Periodical Articles.


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  • college orientation

  • college success

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  • academic goal setting

  • study skills

The full text for many periodical (journals, magazines, newspaper) articles is available from online databases. In electronic format, it's more difficult to distinguish between magazines and journals. Here are some features to look for when reviewing journal articles in databases:

  • Authors credentials given.
  • Articles are usually longer.
  • Bibliographies or references are listed.
  • Charts and graphs are frequently included.
*Note: Not everything in a journal is considered a "journal article" or a "research article." Journals often include book reviews, editorials, and news updates, etc. that do not qualify.

See the Library Guide: What are Periodicals? - Magazines vs Journals

ACC Libraries have more than 90 journal/magazine article databases. Here are the most useful ones for research on topics for student development. (See a complete list of ACC Library Databases by Subject or by Title)

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