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Information Literacy Modules
  • What is a magazine?

    Magazines are published regularly (periodically). They contain:

    • Easy-to-understand articles on popular topics
    • Interviews
    • Personal stories
    • Review of current events
    • Reviews of products and movies

  • What does a magazine article look like?

    A print article often has:

    • Colorful layout
    • Pictures, often with captions
    • Interesting sidebars and factoids

  • What does a digitized magazine article look like?

    Here's the same magazine article, in a database.

    Clues that tell you it's a magazine:

    • Catchy title
    • Magazine name listed
    • Color photographs listed
    • First paragraph hooks the reader

    Tip: Check to see if a PDF of the print version is available.

  • How do I know it's a magazine?

    Does Google's search snippet include the word "magazine?"

    If you're still not sure, go to the Web site and read what the publisher says.

  • How do I preview an article for relevance?

    • Skim the database results
    • Check the abstract and subject headings

    Always consider: Does this provide new information or a different viewpoint?

  • Is recent information important for my topic?

    Information on countries, current events and living people changes rapidly. What is the publication date?

  • How do I evaluate an author's knowledge?

    A credible author may:

    • Write about this topic regularly
    • Work in a related field
    • Have a degree in this field
    • Do research on this topic
    • Have first-hand knowledge
    • Seen or participated in an event

    Tip: If you can't find an author's name, look for a "consulting editor" to evaluate.

  • How do I evaluate an article's credibility?

    • Does the author explain more than one position?
    • Are statements supported by evidence?
    • What names and facts can I check?
    • Do a Google search to learn more about the publication's goals and reputation.

    Always check: Does this make sense, given what I already know?

  • Where do I find the citation elements?

    Gather these elements for your citation:

    • Title
    • Author
    • Pages
    • Magazine Name
    • Publication month, day and year