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Pre-Law LEAP Fall 2020

The purpose of this course is to explore the meaning of community, especially as it relates to the American community as a whole and communities within the United States, and the relation of law to community.

Subject Specialist

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Rebekah Cummings
J Willard Marriott Library
295 South 1500 East
Digital Matters Lab
Skype Contact: @RebekahCummings

LEAP Professor

Dr. Ann Engar

Sill 146


Today's Agenda

It's our last fall library session! Today we are going to: 

  1. Review! 
  2. Look at some strategies for finding government information and government documents
  3. Take time to research independently or in groups and find scholarly information


Scholarly vs. Popular Publications

Scholarly journals:
  • Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars
  • Use the language of the discipline
  • Are often refereed or peer reviewed by specialists before being accepted for publication
  • Include full citations for sources
  • Book reviews or editorials are not considered scholarly articles, even when found in scholarly journals
Popular magazines:
  • Are written by journalists or professional writers for a general audience
  • Use non-technical language
  • Are not reviewed by other specialists before being accepted for publication
  • Rarely give full citations for sources
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