Articles are meant to inform and
entertain (thus they are also thought of as consumer publications because
they are published for a wide audience).
Illustrations are numerous and colorful.
Language is geared to the general adult
audience (no specialized knowledge of jargon needed).
Articles are typically fairly short (one
or two columns to one or a few pages).
Where do I start researching my topic?
You might start researching your topic in an interdisciplinary database such as Academic Search Complete or InfoTrac. If you don't find adequate sources, try one or more discipline specific databases, listed below or through the "All Databases for Finding Articles" link in the lefthand column.
Our largest database: includes the entire content of five other databases: InfoTrac General OneFile , Academic OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints Reference Center, InfoTrac Custom Newspapers, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Use LexisNexis (Legal Information link) to find MT, US and international laws, law reviews (scholarly articles about legal issues), etc. Note the other databases for doing research on a variety of law and policy related topics.
Use Criminal Justice Abstracts for topics on the illicit drug use or the illegal use of prescription or over the counter drugs.