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.
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.
Portal for blogs covering a wide range of topics in the life, physical and environmental sciences, as well as education, politics, and technology.
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 nytimes.com is limited to 10 articles a month.
Access additional articles through the library's New York Times
- Access World News Use the if you are off-campus!
Search for articles published in U.S. and international newspapers. Select Other Newsbank Products to browse Special Reports.
- LexisNexis Academic Use the if you are off-campus!
Search the News using the Advanced Search. Includes content from over 2,500 newspapers and 100s of magazines.
- MasterFILE Premier Use the if you are off-campus!
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.
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: