How do I identify scholarly articles ?
What do you mean not all the articles in ERIC are scholarly? <ul><li>Not all citations in ERIC are scholarly research arti...
Scholarly Journals <ul><li>Purpose/intent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Report research with an intent to advance knowledge </li><...
Trade Publication <ul><li>Purpose/intent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional techniques and methods  with an intent to enha...
<ul><li>Structured format always reviews related literature, clearly states research methods and presents findings. </li><...
Recognizing scholarly articles <ul><li>Often (but not always)  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>notes the organization authors are af...
Search tips <ul><li>Check if the Refine search screen has options for limiting to scholarly journals </li></ul><ul><li>Rea...
Refine search screen: ERIC Choose peer reviewed Choose Reports-Research
Article description page Abstract usually indicates if it is a research article or just a review of other research
Can trade publications be used in a research paper? <ul><li>Trade publications are not typically used in research papers <...
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Identifying Scholarly Articles

  1. 1. How do I identify scholarly articles ?
  2. 2. What do you mean not all the articles in ERIC are scholarly? <ul><li>Not all citations in ERIC are scholarly research articles </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ERIC contains scholarly articles as well as, professional development resources, technical reports , policy papers, and lots of other education-related materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>You will need to distinguish between scholarly work and other types of publications </li></ul>
  3. 3. Scholarly Journals <ul><li>Purpose/intent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Report research with an intent to advance knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scope </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In depth analysis of a research question </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Structure/format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structured– abstract, method, findings, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Article arguments are supported by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research built on prior research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive bibliography </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Trade Publication <ul><li>Purpose/intent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional techniques and methods with an intent to enhance professional development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scope </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Practical information within the profession </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Structure/format </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More of a narrative structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Article arguments are supported by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional knowledge and limited research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small bibliographies </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Structured format always reviews related literature, clearly states research methods and presents findings. </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive bibliography </li></ul>Recognizing scholarly articles
  6. 6. Recognizing scholarly articles <ul><li>Often (but not always) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>notes the organization authors are affiliated with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>contains an abstract </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Search tips <ul><li>Check if the Refine search screen has options for limiting to scholarly journals </li></ul><ul><li>Read the article description page for clues about the type of publication and nature of the article </li></ul><ul><li>If still in doubt search for information about the publication. Most publishers list the scope and intended audience for their journals </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in mind - Sometimes it is a judgment call </li></ul>
  8. 8. Refine search screen: ERIC Choose peer reviewed Choose Reports-Research
  9. 9. Article description page Abstract usually indicates if it is a research article or just a review of other research
  10. 10. Can trade publications be used in a research paper? <ul><li>Trade publications are not typically used in research papers </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent for background information </li></ul><ul><li>Accessible language can provide entry into a topic. </li></ul><ul><li>References in bibliography may lead you to academic sources </li></ul><ul><li>If you do use information, please justify its inclusion i.e. why this source and not an academic one? </li></ul>

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