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"Article" is a generic term to indicate a shorter length item in a larger body of work. There are different types of articles and they deliver different types of information. The three main types of articles are:
Newspaper articles - for current events and opinion pieces
Magazine (popular periodical) articles - for a general audience on a topic of general interest; not too long or complicated, assumes the reader knows nothing
Scholarly (academic) articles - written by and for professionals about current research findings. Assumes background knowledge and understanding of specialized vocabulary. Often peer-reviewed.
Good databases to start searching for articles include:
A scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. Includes indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.
Use the limiters on the left of the results page to focus in on one kind of article.