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I have a story I want to pitch to Ask Magazine, but I'm new to children's magazines (I do a lot of local news articles) and I'm not sure how many or what kinds of references and sources to include. For example, I found some relevant research summed up on the Science Daily website - is that good enough or should I find the original article?

Any help is appreciated.
#1 - November 25, 2014, 05:37 PM

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I like having at least 3 indep and reliable sources.
Good luck,
#2 - November 25, 2014, 06:22 PM
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If you can get the original articles that would be better.  If something is "summed up" there may be relevant pieces that are missing from the summary. 
#3 - November 25, 2014, 06:23 PM
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Both these answers make a lot of sense to me - thanks! But it brings up one other question: How do other people access original scientific articles without paying a ton of money?

I'm not currently associated with a university, although I'm going to see if a community library card at the local university would allow me to access their databases. They probably have a lot of the physical journals I might need to read, but not necessarily all.
#4 - November 26, 2014, 05:25 AM

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Hi Clara,

ASK is such a lovely magazine. I sure hope you get the go ahead.

I use a number of sources to find journal articles. If you can find a title, believe it or not, you can often do a GOOGLE search and turn up an electronic copy hanging around somewhere. I also have used GoogleScholar, ResearchGate, JSTOR will let you add three free articles to your "bookshelf" every two weeks. And your public library might have databases available.

When I'm in a real pinch, I've asked researchers for copies of their work, especially if I am featuring them in the article.

Good luck!

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