Chicano/Latino Studies: Finding Articles
Use databases to identify articles that have been published on your topic. The databases listed below provide academic articles regarding aspects of Chicano/Latino Studies, or they are multidisciplinary in their focus but include coverage of Chicano/Latino issues. You may find that you want to look for topics from the perspective of particular discipline. You can choose a disciplinary database from the Library's subject listing of databases.
Related Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Databases
Finding Recent Articles in the Library Catalog Video
This video demonstrates how to find recent newspaper and peer reviewed articles in the Portland State University Library Catalog.
How to...Find Specific Articles....
Peer-Reviewed, Popular…or in Between?
Questions to Ask when Evaluating Articles
|Scholarly, Peer-reviewed, Professional Journals||Popular Magazines|
|Examples||Harvard Business Review; American Journal of Sociology; Modern Language Notes||
Newsweek; Sports Illustrated; People; National Geographic; Wired
|What is “the look”?||Somber, serious with graphs and tables. Few, if any, pictures.||Attractive, slick with lots of pictures and advertisements.|
|Who is the audience?||Other professionals in the field or discipline. Language is scholarly and subject specific.||General audience. Language relative to the topic. Articles can be short and lacking depth.|
|What is the purpose?||To report original research or experimentation or persuade based on research.||
To entertain, to sell, or to promote a viewpoint.
|Who wrote the article?||A scholar or researcher often with an institutional or academic affiliation.||
Freelance writers, magazine staff or a well-known person not necessarily an expert in the field.
|How carefully is it documented?||Always has references, footnotes and/or a bibliography. Follows a style like APA or MLA.||Rarely cites sources or makes broad references to sources.|