When discussing your area of academic research with scholars not engaged in that research, it can be difficult to locate sources of information that can be used as a basis for common discussion and don't require in-depth expertise to understand. This guide attempts to give you starting strategies for finding popular of academic research topics intended for non-experts.
Want to learn more about the distinctions between popular information written for a general audience and scholarly publications? Check out this guide.
This isn't an exact science and you will need to use some experimentation to find what you need. If you get stuck, please ask the course librarian or use our Ask a Librarian service for additional assistance.
Multidisciplinary databases that allow you to search across popular sources (like newspaper and magazines) as well as scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles can be one source for finding appropriate articles for a broad audience. The databases below are some starting places and include search tips.