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CORE 110: Academic Voice

Library guide for CORE 110: Academic Voice, focusing on sources for informative speech assignment.


The Books tab of the library webpage search box will search our library catalog, and also connects to WorldCat, which searches the collections of 10.000 libraries worldwide. Any book in WorldCat can be requested free of charge by selecting the Request Item button within the details of each book.

Multidisciplinary Article Databases

The Articles tab of the library webpage search box will search most articles found in our one hundred plus databases. These other sources are good starting places for article finding as well.

Types of Journals and Magazines

Scholarly/peer-reviewed journals are frequently required for academic research projects. Many databases allow you to limit your search to these journals. If you're not sure, check this list of attributes to help you determine if your article is from a scholarly/peer-reviewed journal.

There are also jouirnals and magazines that aren't scholarly/peer reviewed but are generally respected and may be acceptable as references in some types of undergraduate papers. Unlike scholarly journals, however, it is difficult to compile an authoritative list of characteristics of these sources, and what is acceptable will vary from assignment to assignment.  When evaluating any source, it is best to evaluate the source on its reliability, authory, accuracy, and bias.

Here are just a few of these sources that provide credible news, commentary, interviews and/or informed treatment of issues. These sources have a range of political and editorial biases, so when in doubt, always ask your professor if a particular sources is acceptable to use for your assignment.

Books & Culture
Business Week
Christian Century
Christian Science Monitor 
Christianity Today
Chronicle of Higher Education

National Geographic
New Repulic
New Yorker
Rolling Stone 
Science News
Scientific American
U.S. News & World Report