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This tutorial defines popular articles and indicates ways to search for these popular sources from the UW-Madison Libraries’ homepage.
While researching a topic, it is important to use reliable sources. Often we use scholarly articles, which sometimes present research and information directly from the source. However, we can also use reliable popular articles to find good information on a topic. Popular articles can be found in general interest publications like newspaper and magazines. While they are not scholarly, popular articles from respected publications can provide excellent background information as well as stories, opinion pieces, images, and more personal points of view on a topic. These can help bring life and interest to your research project.
In addition, while scholarly articles often report the findings of a study or experiment for experts in a field, report those same findings in a way that is easier for the general public to understand.
There are many places to find popular articles. Many publications, such as the New York Times, Scientific American, Popular Science, or Fortune Magazine have their own websites. The UW-Madison Libraries also have access to several databases that contain articles from popular sources.
Using a newspaper database
Using Academic Search