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Upward Bound: Research Resources

This guide is designed specifically for students in the Upward Bound program.

Research Databases

Use these research databases, from the library to find quality information for this, and other assignments.  Remember: you can access these databases from any computer on or off-campus.  If you are off-campus you will be asked to sign in.  (Do not share your passwords, this is for Stark State Students only.)          

Research Databases Access from ON-Campus

To find scholarly journal articles or popular magazine articles use these databases.

Use these links to connect to the research databases if you are using a computer located on the Stark State Main Campus.

Research Databases Access from OFF-Campus

To find scholarly journal articles or popular magazine articles use these databases.

Use these links to connect to the research databases if you are using a home computer or any other computer located OFF the Stark State Main Campus.

What Exactly Is a Research Article?

For some assignments, your instructor may require you to locate information in scholarly research journals, (which can also be called Peer Reviewed or Refereed Journals.  Some may even say they want you to find good "credible" or "quality" articles.) but how can you easily tell the difference between a scholarly journal and a popular magazine? 

This sort of basic evaluation is a necessary part of the research process, and a means for you to sharpen your critical thinking skills. 

Some of the ways that a scholarly research journal typically differs from a popular magazine are:


Scholarly journal articles will indicate authors and their academic credentials; popular magazines may not always list the author.

Scholarly journal articles will include footnotes, endnotes, bibliographies, or reference lists; popular magazine articles very rarely do this.

Scholarly journal articles focus on research; popular magazines focus on current events & topics of general interest, and include lots of ads for consumer products.

Scholarly journal articles are reviewed and fully critiqued by subject experts for research accuracy & importance before being published; popular magazines are not as rigorous.

Where you find publications for sale is a clue.  It may be difficult to locate scholarly journals at all outside of research libraries; popular magazines are usually much easier to find.

Scholarly journals are usually published two or  four times a year; popular magazines may be published daily, weekly, or monthly.

In Class Exercise


           #1                               #2


Popular Magazine, the purpose is: To entertain, market, or promote a viewpoint

  • Articles are written by staff or journalists
  • Articles are not peer reviewed
  • Reading level is basic
  • Articles are shorter on average
  • There are advertisements and glossy color photos.
  • Lacks references or works cited lists

Research Journal, the purpose is: To contribute to the evolving body of knowledge within an academic discipline

  • Articles are written by experts that have credentials
  • Articles are peer reviewed
  • Reading level is advanced
  • Longer more structured articles
  • Has a list of references, citations or bibliography at the end of each article


Using the tips above, which one is an example of a popular magazine, #1 or #2?

Cast your vote.

In Class Exercise
#1: 11 votes (84.62%)
#2: 2 votes (15.38%)
Total Votes: 13