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GSW 1100/1110: Intensive Introduction to Academic Writing/Introduction to Academic Writing: Publications - Different Types

The resources listed on this page will help you to become familiar with your University Libraries at BGSU. If you have questions about the Library, feel free to speak with a librarian in person at the Research and Information Desk.

Ask yourself the following

  • What kind of information do you need to complete your assignment?
  • Does your professor ask you to use scholarly, academic sources?
  • Is it okay to use popular sources?
  • Do you have to use primary or secondary sources?
  • Are you able to use freely available Internet sources?

Search Tips

In order to identify the type of publication you should be searching for, it is important to understand the differences in publication types. Reading through these two documents will help:


To find these different types of publications, you will need to understand which University Libraries' tool to use. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

This is a research database that the library subscribes to. It contains mostly articles, some of which are scholarly and some of which are popular. We've provided a quick link to this database from the left column on the main library web page. Once you are in the database and put in your search terms, a list of results will appear. Look in the left column and notice that you can narrow your results by selecting "Academic Journals" or "Magazines."

The online catalog finds books and other materials at BGSU and other libraries.

Give it a Try

Are these sources scholarly or popular?

1. Lithwick, Dahlia. "Rethinking Fathers' Rights." Newsweek 18 Aug. 2008: 12+. Academic Search Complete. Web. 12 Aug. 2009.

2. Trinder, Liz. "Maternal Gate Closing and Gate Opening in Postdivorce Families." Journal of Family Issues 29.10 (2008): 1298-1324. Academic Search Complete. Web. 12 Aug. 2009.

Are these sources primary or secondary?

3. Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. New York: Levine, 2007. Print.

4. Nel, Philip. J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A Reader's Guide. New York: Continuum, 2001. Print. Continuum Contemporaries.

5. Manning, Wendy, Monica A. Longmore, and Peggy C. Giordano. "The Changing Institution of Marriage: Adolescents’ Expectations to Cohabit and to Marry." Journal of Marriage & Family 69.3 (2008): 559-575. Print.

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