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NAU 103 - Introduction to Marine Transportation

This research guide introduces new Marine Transportation students to the Cal Maritime Library.

Video - Reading Scholarly Articles

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    Scholarly vs. Popular

    Scholarly articles usually have:

    • An abstract
    • A bibliography
    • An author who is a scholar in the field
    • Content that has been peer-reviewed
    • Citations have volume(issue).


    Smyth, A. M., Parker, A. L., & Pease, D. L. (2002). A study of enjoyment of peas. Journal of Abnormal Eating, 8(3), 120-125.

    This article is aimed at an academic or research-oriented audience.

    Reading Journal Article Citations


    This journal article is aimed at an academic audience.

    Grow your Bibliography


    1. Find a great source on your topic.

    2. Mine it for keywords, subject headings, and sources in its bibliography.

    3. Do more searching and watch your bibliography grow.

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