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Botany: Articles

Research Databases *Recommended for Finding Articles*

Before you Google, begin your research with the library's databases. These databases will help you locate reports and  journal, magazine and newspaper articles.

Science Reference Center

Magazines in the Library

Magazine vs. Journal...What's the difference?

MAGAZINES JOURNALS
Its purpose is to inform or entertain Its aim is to report on scholarly research
Articles typically short in length Longer articles with in-depth analysis
Written by a reporter, journalist, or staff writer Written by a scholarly expert or specialist (credentials provided)
Articles are reviewed by editorial staff Articles are peer-reviewed & critically evaluated by scholars
Little or no references are included as support Sources are always cited in a formal bibliography
Slick & attractive in appearance with advertisements & glossy photos Very structured format: abstract, methodology, literature review, results, conclusion. No frills.
Examples: People, National Geographic, Reader's Digest Examples: Science, Advances in Botanical Research, Aquatic Botany
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