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For professional purposes, every piece of borrowed content, regardless of format, should be acknowledged with attribution or citation, so people can re-search for the original. This includes images, music, art, text, etc., even your own works.

Library Jargon

Databases - collection of articles, images, chapters, books, films, etc.   We pay subscriptions for access to databases that give you more control with options to filter your search.

Scholarly: Articles with data, variables, and controls.
Peer reviewed: Evaluated and green-lighted by other experts (peers) in that field before they are published.

Trade Journals: Opinions: Best practices and advice. These are not peer-reviewed until after they are published.

Popular Magazines: For casual reading pleasure, not for serious decisions.
(Writers may explain, summarize, simplify, distort, or misunderstand research.)  

Get information from more than one author, lab, or institution.

Multiple viewpoints will increase the usefulness of your conclusions and reduce confirmation bias errors.

Formats Defined in Ebsco Discovery Service (EDS)

Academic Journal
Conference Materials
Electronic Resources
Music Scores
Non-Print Resources
Primary Source Documents
Trade Publications

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