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WGSS 224: Personal and Social Change

This guide recommends resources for the WS 224 paper.

Finding Scholarly Articles

Use these databases to find articles. Please note: If the full-text of the article does not appear in the database, click the 360 Link to Full Text button to check for the full text. Request the article from InterLibrary Loan if full-text not available. (Free!)

Identifying Scholarly Resources

Ways to identify scholarly articles:

  • Look for common characteristics of scholarly works, such as
    • Easily identifiable author names and author affiliation
    • An abstract, introduction, methodology, conclusions
    • Citation of others' works
    • A complete list of references
  • Determine if the article is written by a scholar in the subject area and written for other researchers (rather than the general public)
  • Review the journal's home page for a description of the types of articles accepted for publication and whether articles are "peer reviewed/refereed"

Use 1Search to Find Books & Journal Articles

Find books at OSU & elsewhere with OSU Libraries 1Search:

  • search for books and more located at Valley library and OSU's other libraries
  • determine if OSU subscribes to a journal in print or electronically
  • search libraries in Oregon, Washington and throughout the world
  • if OSU does not, request the item to be delivered to OSU in 3-5 business days from a regional library (may take longer if the library gets a copy from outside the region)

Questions about 1Search? Go here!


Writing & Citing Resources

OSU's Writing Center Make an appointment or review their online help. 

Many sites can guide you in using MLA. Especially helpful is Purdue's OWL site.

Plagiarism? It's Your Call: Can you cite correctly? Take the quiz and find out!
Original from Western Michigan University's SearchPath tutorial, this version from Lesley U.

Check out these suggestions for determining if your journal article or book is scholarly.

Not all but many journal articles have a similar structure. Understanding this structure may facilitate your understanding, interpretation and analysis of the author(s)' writing. This web site details a common structure that authors use:

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