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Library and Information Studies

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Interlibrary Loan

What if the library does not have a journal article that you need? We can still get it for you via our interlibrary loan service. It's free! And articles often come electronically within a few days. For more information see the interlibrary loan page.

Databases to find Articles

Databases for Library and Information Studies:
  • These two databases are hosted by EBSCO. Search them at the same time by clicking "choose databases" once you are in either one of them, and then select the other database from the list.
Databases for Computer Science
Databases that cover many disciplines:
Databases from other disciplines:

Specialized Databases

Where Are The Journals?

Some databases have the full text of articles, if not, follow these instructions to figure out if the library has the journal containing the review. Or call the Learning Lab at 405-325-4142.

What is the difference between a popular and a scholarly source?

If you are not familiar with scholarly publications, it can be difficult to tell the difference between scholarly and popular periodicals. There are no definitive rules for distinguishing between the two, but here are some guidelines:

Scholarly (e.g., academic journals):

  • Are written by professionals within an academic field or discipline.
  • Contain research projects, methodology, and theory.
  • Have few, if any, advertisements.
  • Use college-level or specialized vocabulary of the discipline.
  • Include articles with extensive bibliographies, footnotes, or other documentation.
  • Contain graphics that are often black & white and consist of tables, charts, and diagrams.
  • Are peer-reviewed or refereed.

Popular (e.g., magazines, newspapers):

  • Are written by journalists.
  • Contain general news articles written to inform, update, or introduce a new issue.
  • Have many full-color, full-page advertisements.
  • Use a general, non-technical vocabulary.
  • Include articles with little or no documentation.
  • Contain graphics that are often full-color pictures and illustrations.