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Psychology Research Guide: Popular Press Sources

Using America's News

To access popular press sources at Jefferson College Library, start by clicking the resources in the right hand column. If you are off campus, you will need to login to the proxy server using your v# in the following format v+#+jc- the end result should look something like this: v00124955JC

There are other popular sources available at the library. If you would like more information, please use the bar at the bottom to ask a librarian, or come into the library at Hillsboro or Arnold for more information. 

Popular Press Guidelines


How to use popular sources in scholarly research

Popular sources are recognizable by these characteristics:

  • Popular sources use plain language. Most newspapers are written at around an 11th grade reading level.
  • Contains short articles ( 600-1200 words)
  • Published for commercial purposes- and generally make their money by selling advertising space.
  • Not much actual research done by the publication itself.

Examples of popular sources include:

  • New York Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Rolling Stone
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch
  • The Leader
  • Psychology Today
  • Newsweek