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Neisha Federick
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What's in this Guide?

What is in this Writing Subject Guide:

  • Research Help: Basic information/help about the research process, such as how to pick a topic and keywords, what a literature review is and how to write one, etc.  
  • Books:  print and electronic books about writing available at John F. Moss Library.  
  • Articles:  specific databases and journals to use to find articles for your assignments. 
  • Websites: useful websites for research and/or about writing
  • APA citations: citation help for American Psychological Association (APA)
  • MLA citations: citation help for Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Chicago Manual of Style: citation help for Chicago Manual of Style

Welcome to the Writing Subject Guide!

Welcome to the Writing LibGuide at John F. Moss Library



This subject guide is meant to help you find writing resources for your essays, research papers, and other writing assignments.  This homepage along with the research help pages and pages for books, articles, and websites (tabs in the above menu) are geared towards providing general writing resources that any student of writing classes can utilize.  

Please feel free to comment below with any questions or concerns you have about this subject guide.  We appreciate any feedback or suggestions you make so don't be shy to tell us what we are missing!  Feel free to make a "latte with a librarian" appointment if you have any additional questions about a research assignment.  Use the Librarian contact information in the box to the left to do so.    

Table of Contents

You will find the following information in this guide:

Scholarly Journals:

  • Written by and for faculty, researchers and/or scholars
  • Present original research studies and reviews of relevant books in the industry/field
  • Reviewed by other experts or peers (i.e. "peer reviewed") before publication
  • Use technical and/or scholarly language associated with the subject
  • Use citations (footnotes, endnotes, or bibliography/references)
  • Share a similar format including: abstract, literature review, methodology, results and conclusion.  May also have tables, graphs or illustrations to support arguments made
  • Examples: American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, etc.

Technical/Trade Journals:

  • Written by professionals and/or experts in the field
  • Present practical information for professionals in the field, including news, trends, job opportunities, and other updates 
  • Articles are generally brief and the language is straightforward; may contain professional jargon
  • May not have a specific format
  • Articles are sometimes unsigned or will display the author's credentials
  • Reviewed by general editors of the journal
  • Advertising is used to appeal to those in the field
  • Examples: Adweek, The Lawyer, Nursing Times, etc.

Popular Magazines:

  • Written for the general public with easy to understand language and subject appeal
  • Glossy cover and photographs
  • Many advertisements in the publication
  • Articles are edited by magazine editors 
  • May not have a discernable format
  • Authors are usually professional journalists, but may not have any experience/knowledge in the field about which they are writing 
  • May not have citations or may provide informal citations (even when there are tables, graphs and/or illustrations)
  • Examples:  TIME, Rollingstone, Newsweek, Psychology Today, People, etc.
  • YOU CAN STILL USE POPULAR PERIODICALS FOR YOUR RESEARCH(unless stated by your instructor and these do NOT count as scholarly peer-reviewed articles)! Just make sure to support your use of these articles with scholarly articles, which will have original research and in-depth citations to ensure your information is relevant, accurate and up-to-date  

Check out Hunter Library's comparison of these types of articles for more information: