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How do I...get started with academic research

This guide will walk you through the basics of academic research.

Academic Sources

What are scholarly or academic sources?

When an assignment calls for scholarly sources, typically that means academic books and articles from scholarly journals.

Quick rule of thumb of telling whether a source is scholarly is to look for a works cited list or bibliography in which the author refers to the work of other researchers.

What is Peer-Reviewed?

Some scholarly articles are called peer-reviewed as they are critically evaluated for originality, quality of research, and clarity of presentation by the author's peers (experts who do research in the same field).

What are scholarly journals?


Newspapers    Magazines           Journals
Author Staff writers;not always identified Journalist or layperson Experts in area of study; researchers and scholars
Audience General    General    Professors, researchers, practitioners and students
Content Current events    Interviews, general information, advertisements In-depth research on specialized or technical topics; usually includes an abstract; academic book reviews
Purpose Current, topical and local information Entertain, provide general and popular information Provide information about original research or experiements; report new findings in field of research
Frequency Daily    Weekly    Months or years of preparation before publishing
Examples New York Times, Washington Post    Time, Newsweek, Business Week Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Urban Studies, Science

Is it Scholarly/Academic?  

    NO     NO      YES!!