A Wednesday Webinar Video about Identifying and Locating Scholarly Articles. 30 minutes.
When searching for scholarly articles, usually the best result a database can give the researcher is content in a scholarly journal or peer-reviewed journal. The researcher will still need to look at the parts of an article to make sure the article is a scholarly article. The sections described below are a great start. To the right, see how these sections may appear.
Empirical Studies | Research Reports: These are primary sources where authors report research. These could be quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods, or other types of research. When a rubric or assignment calls for a scholarly article, it is usually the research type with all the sections specifically methods.
Review Articles: An article summarizing studies in a discipline. The work identifies trends or draws conclusions from existing work. Systematic reviews and literature reviews are in this area. Nursing and Literature (ENGL 102) usually require these types of research.
Theoretical Articles: This usually contains words like conceptual, framework, model, theoretical foundation, and perspectives.
News, Book Reviews, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, etc. Brief articles providing insight or opinion on new books. When the rubric calls for a scholarly article, these are not the items that should be used.
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