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Quick tips on choosing better sources for academic papers.

Quick tips on choosing better sources for academic papers.

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  • What Not to CiteSelecting Good Sources
  • What makes a good source?● published in scholarly/academic journal● peer or expert-reviewed● primary● cites other good sources● not selling anything (can be tricky)
  • "They cant put anything on theInternet that isnt true." View slide
  • What makes a bad source?● unsubstantiated "opinion"● secondary source or appearing out ofcontext● no independent review● no identified sources● no author name● selling something● crowdsourced● not relevant to the subject of your research View slide
  • Avoid these guys● Encyclopedias (Britannica, etc.)● Wikipedia● Dictionaries● Google Search (or Bing, or Yahoo)● About.com and similar sites● Personal blogs● Retailer websites/sales copy● Textbooks● Anthologies (quotes, literature reviews)● Any information (especially stats) from a source youcant identify
  • Except when...● Under very limited circumstances, it *may* beacceptable to cite from wiki, blogs, etc.● Mass Media Exception○ These circumstances relate to meta-analysis ofmedia or popular culture○ In general, you don’t use the actual material, just thevolume or context○ 99.99% certain this exception won’t apply to you inyour MBA program
  • Where the scholarly things are● Use Wikipedia, Google Scholar, andanthologies as a starting point● Check references of books and articles tofind their sources● Library databases● Scholarly journals and trusted trade press● Mass media (used sparingly)● When in doubt, just ask
  • A word on plagiarism:DONT(Were not being cute. You can getbooted for this.)