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MSF CTA 103: Intro

Kelly Wilz


Welcome to the LibGuide for CTA103 at UW-Marshfield/Wood County. Here you will find guides to locating articles, evaluating sources, citing sources and NoodleTools. Check back here to refresh your memory on any topics that were covered in your Library session.

Remember that you can always stop by the library and ask any of the librarians for help with your research!

Identifying Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly articles...

  • Have  a list of references at the end of the text 

  • Often feature an abstract (summary) at the beginning of the article 

  • Always list the author's name

  • Are detailed and are usually several pages long

  • Are many times peer-reviewed (or refereed)

  • Are aimed at scholars in a particular field (biology, history, philosophy, etc.)

  • Example Article: Organic and Conventional Foods: Differences in Nutrients

Popular magazines...

  • Often don't tell you who wrote the article or any of the sources they used

  • Are usually brief and offer only general or superficial coverage of a topic

  • Have lots of ads and are usually printed on glossy paper

  • Are written for a general audience

  • Are often great sources for current, general information on a topic

  • Examples include: Time, Newsweek, National Geographic

Journal Article Databases

Each of these databases contain articles that were published in print journals and magazines. Many of these databases contain scholarly, academic or peer-reviewed sources as well as popular sources. Take care to look at each article to determine if it is scholarly or not.

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