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Library Research Guides

Primary Sources: Articles

This guide defines primary and secondary sources and suggests resources for primary documents.

Off-Campus Access

To log in from off-campus, you will need your eServices username (w+student ID) and password. 

About Articles

The type of article you will want to use will depend on the nature of your research. Articles can be found in academic journals, trade publications, newspapers, magazines, and more. The library subscribes to dozens of article databases, both general and subject-based, which students can access for free using their LRCCD login. If you are looking for resources in a specific field, going to a subject database will produce more relevant results. If the full-text of an article that you need is not available, you can request it for free through interlibrary loan


Cover of volume 1 of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

In primary or original research articles articles, the author(s) present a new set of findings from original research after conducting an experiment or study.

The following databases are great resources for finding research articles:


Cover of The Phoenix Index newspaper. Headline reads "B.O. Davis Made Army General".

Newspapers are a very important primary source for original information and opinions on contemporary issues. 

The library subscribes to the following newspaper databases containing both historical and recent articles:


Cover of old issue of The National Geographic Magazine

Magazines provide a variety of content centered around a specific theme. 

To see the resources that the library has to offer, search using the following collection of EBSCO databases and filter by "magazine" under Source Types.