The following databases are some of the best places to find popular newspapers and magazines. Just be aware that the database often also contains scholarly sources, so refer to the criteria on this page to make your final decision.
Some databases allow you to refine your search so that only popular magazines, etc. will be displayed. Don't forget to check for that limiter!
Depending on your information need, you may need materials from magazines, newspapers, or other popular sources. These titles, like Time Magazine or Newsweek are written for a more general audience and present scientific findings so that the average reader can understand. Here are some criteria to identify the popular type of resource.
Some of our online databases will allow you to research the article's source (journal/publisher etc), through links directly in the record. The databases will sometimes also directly say whether a publication is scholarly (peer-reviewed) or popular.
Some of the popular sources are more specialized than Newsweek or Time. Titles like Discover focus more specifically on the sciences than other popular press titles. Articles in these titles are still written for general audiences, but they can be a bit more detailed and use more specific terminology. Since they are popular sources, they typically don't have a reference or citation list, and the authors are not usually scientists, but instead are journalists.
You can find these sources by searching for the Title of the magazine in ALEX Discovery. Below are links to some of the more common magazines.
Whether an article is scholarly or popular, it's always a good practice to check the reliability of each article before using it in a project. Here is a list to help you tell if an article is reliable, though the basic ideas in this list can work for any information source (e.g. websites or books).