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COM217: Expert to Novice

A research guide for COM 217: Science Communication

Search Like a Pro

Check out this 3-minute video for search tips.

Is it "scholarly?"

Watch this brief video to review ways you can determine whether or not an article is "scholarly."

More Organizing & Citing

Check out this free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Find Articles - Databases

Use the databases below to find articles. Each has a different focus, so read the brief descriptions before searching. 

Find Articles - Google Scholar

Google Scholar looks a lot like "regular Google," but it only contains scholarly publications, mainly articles. It includes some (not all) of the articles you may find using the Libraries research databases, so use it in addition to databases.

Full-text access to many materials in Google Scholar is not available to everyone, so click here for instructions for setting your Scholar preference, so that full-text links from Purdue Libraries will show up in your Google Scholar results.

Google Scholar Search

How to Evaluate Sources

Subject Specialist

Avoid Plagiarism

Citing & Writing Tips