Scholarly information timeline Write-up Revise Reviewed Research study Researcher Conference paper Article Journals Feedback from peers! Revisions usually required. Feedback from peers! Further research conducted.
Points to evaluate: Currency Reliability Accuracy Purpose
Evaluation task Look at the characteristics of each article. (No need to read them!) Evaluate the currency, reliability, accuracy, and purpose of the article Make a judgment: should you use this article for your term paper?
11 Sax, David. “Ignatieff for Canada.” Foreign Policy online January, 2006: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3352 Not a scholarly article. Use with caution.
Matheson, Andrew. “Seeking Inclusion South Asian Political Representation in Suburban Canada.” Electoral Insight 8, no. 2 (December 2006): 24-29. http://www.elections.ca/eca/eim/article_search/article.asp?id=146&lang=e&frmPageSize=5&textonly=false 12 Publication sponsored by a government agency. NOT peer-reviewed.
13 Stanford, Jim. “Canada's Productivity Performance Under the Stephen Harper Government.” Behind the Numbers 9, no. 2 (September 2008). http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National_Office_Pubs/2008/Canadas_Productivity_Performance.pdf Publication by a think tank organization. NOT peer-reviewed.
14 Claes, Ellen, Marc Hooghe and Dietlind Stolle. “The Political Socialization of Adolescents in Canada: Differential Effects of Civic Education on Visible Minorities.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42 (2009): 613-636. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0008423909990400 Scholarly, peer-reviewed article.
Different from searching the web… Databases are like directories for finding academic articles
Databases: What’s the difference??? Each database provider chooses different journals, books, etc. to include in their index. Some are specialized directories (e.g., only legal journals), while some are broad (e.g., social sciences in general, with a few journals from each discipline). You will find that some of the databases overlap, but they all have some unique content.
Roach, Kent. Due Process and Victims’ Rights. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999. How to find… Look for the title of the book in the catalogue
Malloy, Jonathan. “Bush/Harper? Canadian American Evangelical Politics Compared.” American Review of Canadian Studies 39, no. 4 (2009): 352-363. How to find…
All articles are NOT listed directly in the library catalogue!
Malloy, Jonathan. “Bush/Harper? Canadian American Evangelical Politics Compared.” American Review of Canadian Studies 39, no. 4 (2009): 352-363. How to find… Look for the title of the journal in the catalogue
Finding government information Two strategies: Searching Browsing
Finding government information Searching by keyword Custom Google search Canadian Research Index
Finding government information Browsing: who would write about your topic? Government of Canada website Look for: CanLII (legislation), Parliament, Supreme Court McGill Library government information guide
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