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Greetings! I'm honored to be your personal librarian for English Composition. I can help you find a variety of library resources for your assignments, or answer questions about attribution and citation. 

I am part of an awesome team of librarians, so if you'd like some one-on-one help click here to book an appointment and chose a time that works for you We're here for you!

Kerry Caparco |  |  401-598-1248

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Search for an academic journal within your major/discipline:

Baking & Pastry Arts

Journal of Chemical Education

Journal of Culinary Science & Technology

International Journal of Gastronomy & Food Science

Food Science & Technology International


            American Journal of Business

            Business & Economics Research Journal

            Global Journal of Economics and Business

            International Journal of Business

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Counseling Psychology

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Culinary Arts

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British Food Journal

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science & Food Safety

Journal of Culinary Science & Technology

Food & Environment Safety

International Journal of Food Properties

Culinary Nutrition

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Food Science & Nutrition

International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition

International Journal of Food Studies

Journal of Food & Nutrition Research

Dietetics & Applied Nutrition

Advances in Nutrition

Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism

Current Developments in Nutrition

International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition & Cancer

Nutrition & Dietetics

Nutrition & Diabetes

Liberal Studies

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Software & Systems Modeling 



Reading and Understanding Scholarly Articles

Click on the image to explore the typical parts of a scholarly article. Presented by

the North Carolina State University Libraries

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Note: scholarly articles can be read non-linear. 

  • clearly defined "parts"  separated by headings (such as "abstract" and "literature review")
  • you can read the most important elements of the article before you dive deep

You may want to start with the abstract, to find out what the research covers: this will help you determine if the article is relevant to you. Then, skip to the end of the article to skim the discussion and conclusion. These sections will sum up the research

and article.

Again, if you decide this article is worth your time and effort, you can jump back to the beginning and read the introduction which will tell you why the authors conducted this research and what was their claim (hypothesis).

From there, you can skim the remainder of the article to learn more about their methodology, results, and limitations.




To search for Trade Publications, follow these steps from the library homepage or in any EBSCO database (like Academic Search Complete)



The library's databases rely on a method of searching called Boolean logic. It is a system of showing the relationship between ideas using the operators "AND," "OR," and "NOT." This logic is recognized by many searching tools as a way to define a search string.

Using the operators

AND is used to to search a set of two or more related ideas. So, if you want to look for articles that contain both the words or concepts fishery and harvest, you would search for that string. 

  • Use AND to narrow your search
  • AND shows the overlap between two concepts

For example, my search for "fishery and harvest" returned over 2,000 results, which is too many for me to browse through. So, I had to think another aspect of the topic I was interested in. When I changed my search string to "fishery and harvest and bioindicators," the number of results became more manageable.

OR is used when there are synonyms of a term that may appear in relevant articles. Searching, for example, reindeer or caribou will cast the widest net for seraching. 

  • Use OR to broaden your search

NOT eliminates a term from your search. If, for instance, your initial search for "fishery and harvest" returns mostly articles about salmon, and you are not interested in that particular fish, you can search "fishery and harvest not salmon."

Publication Date

The databases will allow you a variety of options to refine your results, typically on the left hand side of your results page. Pay attention to these and especially consider limiting your results by their publication date. Chances are, you do not want articles written more than a few years ago.


Explicit Search

If you are searching for content about, for instance, higher education, consider that this is actually a phrase (consisting of more than one word), and search for it explicitly using quotation marks. As in, "higher education."



In many cases, there will be multiple suffixes to a single root word that you'd like to search. Most databases allow the * to be used in place of the ending for a word in order to capture all forms.

For example, a search for "nation*" will return all forms of the word - including nations, national, nationalism, nationalistic, etc. 

Avoid adding the plural "s" to a word where possible, and use the truncation symbol when you search should allow for multiple forms of your search terms.


Anyone can post anything they want online. I'm not an expert in astrophysics, but I could build a pretty nice looking web page with bogus information about the topic, and some people might take it seriously. While your "gut" feeling about information is important and you should pay attention to it, there are a few criteria you should consider every time you think about using an online source in your academic work. I borrowed these items from the MLA Handbook.

Who is the author of the source? Is the author qualified to address the subject? Does the author draw on appropriate research and make a logical argument? Do you perceive bias or the possibility of it in the author's relation to the subject matter?

What is the source? Does it have a title, and does that title tell you anything about it? If it lacks a title, how would you describe it? Is it a primary source, such as an original document, creative work, or artifact, or a secondary source,w hich reports on or analyzes primary sources? If it is an edition, is it authoritative? Does the source document its own sources in a trustworthy manner?

How was the source produced? Does it have a recognized publisher or sponsoring organizations? Was it subjected to a process of vetting, such as peer review, through which authorities in the field assess its quality?

Where did you find the source? Was it cited in an authoritative work? Was it among the results of a search you conducted through a scholarly database or your library's resources? Did you discover it through a commercial search engine that may weight results by popularity or even payment?

When was the source published? Could its information have been supplemented or replaced by more recent work?


source: MLA Handbook. 8th ed, Modern Language Association of America, 2016.


Additional thoughts on evaluation


It is common for articles posted on sites, especially those published by a news organization, to reference the release of a "study." As an academic researcher, you should realize that the article you are reading is a secondary source, and consider the fact that the reporter writing about a study may not represent its findings correctly. It is in your best interest to locate the primary source, the study itself. In many cases, the content of the study is linked in the article. Just click on it!


image source: Rizov, Vadim. "New Study Puts Numbers to the Lackof Minority Representation in Film." The Dissolve, 5 Nov 2013,

Databases provide MLA citations, but check for accuracy!

Google Scholar also provides citation formats.


I recommend using the OWL as a reference if you cannot get the citation from the original source, or chat with a librarian for help with citations!