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Researching Without an SBU ID

This guide is meant to help high school and other community groups who are looking for freely available high quality research materials, such as peer-reviewed journal articles.

Comparing "peer-reviewed" journals with "popular" periodicals


Peer-reviewed journals


Newspapers and magazines



experts in specific fields

journalists, reporters, opinion writers


other experts, researchers, academics / professors, and students

general / non-professionals


for experts to communicate with other experts and advance knowledge in a subject or field

to educate the general public and generate revenue

Reference List


minimal or none


articles are selected based on rigorous peer-review process; publication process is slow

articles are selected based on review by editors; publication process is fast


Few or none


Writing Style

Written in the technical language of the field

Written in non-technical language and for the general public