We discussed earlier the
types of resources that your
professor wanted you to
use in your research.
She said that she wanted
Periodicals are the most
common source of peer-
However, there are several
types of periodicals that you
will come across while doing
Each type can contribute to
your research in a specific
A magazine is “a printed collection
of texts (essays, articles, stories,
poems), often illustrated, that is
produced at regular intervals
1magazine. (2011). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from
What makes a popular periodical?
• Articles are written by
• Found at most bookstores.
• Usually illustrated with color
• Good for background
Trade and Technical Periodical
Trade and technical journals and magazines serve
those working in industry and commerce…. Major
discoveries in science, manufacturing methods, or
business practice tend to create a new subdivision
of technology, with its own practitioners and,
more often than not, its own magazine. Articles in
these magazines tend to be highly factual and
accurately written, by people deeply immersed in
their subjects. 2
2history of publishing. (2011). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved from
What makes a trade periodical?
• Written by journalists who
are familiar with the field.
• Articles tend toward
business and marketing
side of the profession.
• Good for background
• Scholarly journal articles are written by and
for professional experts in a particular
• Many are published by academic institutions
or professional organizations.
• They present original research, experiments
• Articles provide authoritative and verifiable
information acceptable for a research paper.
• We discussed earlier that q peer-reviewed periodical is a
specific type of scholarly publication that requires each article
submitted for publication be judged by an independent panel
of experts (scholarly or scientific peers).
• Articles not approved by a majority of these peers are not
accepted for publication by the journal.
Finding Scholarly Articles
• The library offers many subscription
services that provide a means to search
and discover journals and articles.
• Some databases are comprised entirely of
• Other databases offer a wide range of
materials and the researcher must learn
to discern and evaluate the type of journal
article and information found.
Check the Box!
Many subscription databases like
EBSCOhost provide a convenient
checkbox that limits all search results
to peer-reviewed journals.
Some offer filters on the results list to
eliminate everything except peer-
Some subscription databases, like
Sage Premier and JSTOR offer
access to peer-reviewed journals
Although the journals will contain
reviews and editorials that have
not undergone the peer-review
Anatomy of a Peer-Reviewed Article
Scholarly articles generally
speaking follow the same
logic in presentation.
Abstract – tells the purpose
and briefly discusses the
content of the article.
Keywords – highlight major
Author – clearly states the
author’s credentials and
Beginning and Ending of a
Introduction – states
clearly the direction of the
Conclusion – recaps and
finalizes the author’s
opinion based upon the
evidence of the research.
Outline – article follows a
logical progression clearly
marked out by section
Citations – throughout the
article opinion is thoroughly
backed by documented
References – listed at the end
of the paper demonstrate the
works used to build the
author’s argument and
Generally scholarly peer-reviewed articles
follow the same plan.
• Author’s Credentials and Affiliation
• Abstract (article in short form)
• Introduction (statement of purpose and
• Body (with citations to defend the argument)
• Conclusion (summation and final defense of
• References (all the research used by the
Next we’ll look at books for academic research.
We’ll answer the question
“Do we still need books?”