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ENC 3455: Writing for STEM


Help! I Can't Find the Full Text!

If OneSearch does not have the article you need, click into the record to view your access options. You may need to request via Interlibrary Loan in order to get the article you need (this is a fast, free service). Within databases, click on Find Full Text to potentially get the full text or access the Interlibrary Loan form.

Top Databases: Getting Started with STEM

In addition to OneSearch, check out the following databases if you are getting started with research. You can also look at subject specific databases for the sciences through our A-Z database list!

Types of Resources: Scholarly, Popular, Academic

Figuring out whether or not an article is scholarly/academic or popular can be tricky. Here are some clues to help you out.

Clues that is might be scholarly:

  • Written for an academic audience or written by an academic audience
  • May come from a journal (look at the publication information)
  • May contain an abstract, introduction, literature review, methods, discussion, conclusion section

Clues that it might be academic, but not scholarly:

  • Website ends in a ".edu"
  • It is not scholarly if it does not meet the criteria mentioned in the above section
  • Remember: Information can still be credible and academic, but that does not mean it's scholarly

Clues that it might be popular:

  • Written for a general audience so the language is not as elevated
  • Examples include Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Times, Newpapers, Magazines, and Blogs


Scholarly Not Scholarly Credible, but not Scholarly
Journal of Environmental Science National Geographic, 
New York Times
University websites (.edu)
Ecology Journal CNN, Fox News, PNJ Government Agencies (.gov)
Nature Research Forbes Professional Organization websites
(ex. AHRQ)

Still not sure? Ask a librarian for help!

STEM Databases