Intro to Scholarly Research

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Introduction to scholarly research for Dr. Scott's ninth grade science classes.

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  • Peer reviewed … also referred to as academic or scholarly.
  • If the president were looking for a policy recommendation, who would he ask? Your classmate or a university professor with a ten million dollar grant who has been conducting original research on the matter for the past five years? Audience matters. This is how science gets done. Real scientists participate in these conversations.
  • If the president were looking for a policy recommendation, who would he ask? Your classmate or a university professor with a ten million dollar grant who has been conducting original research on the matter for the past five years? Audience matters. This is how science gets done. Real scientists participate in these conversations. YOU should care too because this will be expected of you in college.
  • If an experiment, will have a background section, methodology, findings.
  • Intro to Scholarly Research

    1. 1. Intro to Scholarly Research Entering the Conversation
    2. 2. What is a peer-reviewed source? Who is the author? Who is the audience? What are the contents? How do articles get published?
    3. 3. Source: University of Maryland Libraries
    4. 4. Who cares?
    5. 5. Who cares?We do!
    6. 6. Anatomy of a Peer Reviewed ArticleCertain features are common in peer reviewedarticles and can help you navigate them easily Credentials Abstract Graphs or charts Citations
    7. 7. Source: University of Maryland Libraries
    8. 8. Source: University of Maryland Libraries
    9. 9. Source: University of Maryland Libraries
    10. 10. Research StrategiesStart with popular and trade sources to gain a basicunderstanding of your topicGeneral scientific journals (e.g., Science, Nature) maybe more accessible than highly specialized onesDon’t settle on the first one you find
    11. 11. Research StrategiesRemember, research is a conversation Chaining is a great way to move from one source to another, from popular to scholarly, or between scholarly articles More influential articles have a high “citation factor”
    12. 12. Reading a Scholarly ArticleFocus on key sections Abstract Introduction and conclusions Figures and chartsRead hard articles in hard copy Ask questions, make notes in the marginsAsk for help when you need it

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