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Types of Sources

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Distinguishing between sources when you're searching in Search@UW or the databases can be trickier than when you're looking at a print or web version. Limiters can help, but here are some tips to help you determine the type of source you're viewing. Keep in mind the examples below do not reflect the variety of database interfaces available.

Is it a magazine?

What to look for:

  • Article title and magazine title
  • Volume and issue information
  • Short to medium length articles (typically 1-4 pages long, feature stories can be 10 or more pages)

When viewing in Search@UW:
Article record in Search@UW with the magazine's title, Time, outlined

When viewing in a database, such as Academic Search Complete:
Article record with Time Magazine and the article length of 8 pages outlined

If you're not sure what you're looking at, try a Google search for the source's name:
Google results box for Time that says "Time is an American weekly news magazine and news website"