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CHEM 1001: Article Evaluation Exercise: Popular Sources

What is a Popular Source?

Imagine the types of magazines and newspapers that you would find at a bookstore or in the grocery store. We refer to these types of periodicals as "popular sources;" they are geared to reach a more general audience and written in non-technical language.


Photo: Lepilemur hubbardorum, one of the three lemur species predicted to go extinct by 2080, by Jason L. Brown. Used under Creative Commons license

Popular vs. Peer-Reviewed Sources

Examples of Popular Sources

Search and browse the following popular science resources to locate an article.

Browsing and Searching

You can either browse by topic or search by keyword on each of the above sites. You may find it helpful to browse within a specific area (i.e. climate change OR global warming). If you have a general idea for a topic, you can perform a site search using the embedded search box on the websites themselves.

Alternatively, you can use Google to search within a particular site by using the "site limiter" function. For example, if I wanted to search for articles on climate change in Discover magazine, I could type the following into Google:

"climate change"

*Remember that you can use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.

Possible Keywords to Search

Looking for some keywords to use in your search? Think about topics that you have discussed in class. For example, if you have been discussing environmental changes and climate change, try to think about different aspects of this topic. Have you discussed a particular weather disaster? A particular problem, such as wildfires? Use what you are learning in class as a guide for coming up with keywords and topics to use in your search.