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Step 1: Getting Started

Review the class handout for characteristics of popular and scholarly sources.

Use the resources on this page to identify a popular article (published in a newspaper, magazine, blog, etc) that reports on a scientific/academic topic.



    Step 2: Finding Your Popular Article

    If you don't already have a topic in mind, browse
    Egghead, ScienceBlogs, MedlinePlus or the New York Times Topics for ideas.

    To find a popular article, search
    Access World News, LexisNexis Academic, MaterFILE Premier, or the New York Times.

    • Egghead: About Research at UC Davis
      Search this blog for references to research conducted by UC Davis faculty.
    • ScienceBlogs
      Portal for blogs covering a wide range of topics in the life, physical and environmental sciences, as well as education, politics, and technology.
    • MedlinePlus
      Health information for consumers, compiled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Browse the Health News section of the site.
    • New York Times Topics
      Browse articles in Science, Health, Business and more. Note: Free access on is limited to 10 articles a month.
      Access additional articles through the library's New York Times subscriptionVPN
    • Access World News Use the VPN if you are off-campus!  Icon
      Search for articles published in U.S. and international newspapers. Select Other Newsbank Products to browse Special Reports.
    • LexisNexis Academic Use theVPN if you are off-campus!  Icon
      Search the News using the Advanced Search. Includes content from over 2,500 newspapers and 100s of magazines.
    • MasterFILE Premier Use theVPN if you are off-campus!  Icon
      Search over 2,600 popular magazines (including Scientific American, New Scientist and Popular Science) covering topics in the general sciences, technology and health, consumer interests, cultural diversity and education.

    Step 3: Tips

    Look for these elements in your popular article. You need them to track down the original scholarly (academic) research article!

    1. Author(s) = who did the research

    2. Journal name = where the research was published

    3. Date* = when the results were published
    *The exact date is not essential, but an approximate date is very helpful.

    Here is an example:

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