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HSC 180: Introduction to Gerontology

Mainstream media

The library subscribes to hundreds of periodicals (magazines, newspapers, and journals). Use library databases to search by key words and connect to full text. 

Tip: Many databases compile content from both academic and scholarly sources. Use the Popular, Trade, or Scholarly page in this guide to help you decide how to categorize a particular article. 


These databases are recommended for finding articles in the mainstream media:

Scholarly Databases

These databases are recommended for finding scholarly articles:

Search Tips

Productive and effective searching:

  • Start with one or two keywords 
    • Generating Keywords (1:47 video)
    • Add terms with AND to narrow results (ADLs AND exercise)
    • If needed, combine synonyms with OR to include related terms (elderly OR aged OR geriatric) 
  • Review results to brainstorm additional or alternate keyword options
  • Try multiple searches with different keywords and explore more than one database
  • Apply limiters thoughtfully
    • After seeing how productive your keywords are, limit by date range and English language
    • Other limiters to try:
      • Peer Reviewed (articles must be approved by other scholars before publication)
      • Source Type checkboxes (academic journals, magazines, newspapers, trade publications)
Can't access the article you need? Use our Inter-library loan (ILL) service!