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HIST 3365 Drugs and Alcohol in American History

This guide is a compilation of library and Internet resources that may be useful for researching the history of alcohol and drugs in the United States.

Scholarly Articles and Dissertations

Just like with books, there are several ways to find and access scholarly articles and dissertations. However, your best place to start is in Summon. 

Scholarly vs Popular

When conducting your research, it is important for you to distinguish between journal articles and magazine articles. Databases are used to find and identify articles from peer-reviewed journals and other types of documents.

Journal articles are usually referred to as "scholarly," while magazine articles are commonly considered "popular."

Consider these points when differentiating between journals and magazines:

Criteria Scholarly Journal Popular Magazine/Blog/Online Publication
Audience Academics and/or Researchers, Professionals General Public
Authors Experts and/or Specialists Journalists and/or Freelance Writers
Editorial Review/Peer Review Journal Editorial Board and peer reviewers Professional Editors
Reference/Works Cited Yes Not always required or provided

Effective Search Strategies

Evaluating Scholarly Articles