Finding & Using Scholarly Articles

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Finding & Using Scholarly Articles

  1. 1. FINDING & USING SCHOLARLY (OR ACADEMIC (OR JOURNAL)) ARTICLES LINC Session | Fall „13 | Ms Hazzard
  2. 2. Some terminology   Scholarly = Academic = Journal NOT magazine or newspaper articles
  3. 3. What are scholarly articles?    Report original research Authored by specialists Published in academic journals
  4. 4. How to determine if a source is scholarly…         Formal language Formal presentation Author background / experience Proper citation and bibliography Original research and interpretation Not just a summary Use of primary sources Use of research methodology
  5. 5. Why do we use them?    To find out more about a specific topic EXPECTED in academic work: gives you credibility. Authors undergo rigorous process of submission and peer-editing, often working for more than one year on a single article: gives author / research credibility.
  6. 6. Different types of scholarly articles Research  Review  Theoretical  Clinical  Brief report  Book review Qualitative v Quantitative research 
  7. 7. A typical scholarly article Gibbons, Sandra L. "Meaningful Participation of Girls in Senior Physical Education Courses." Canadian Journal of Education 2009: 222-44. JSTOR. Web. 13 November, 2012.
  8. 8. A typical scholarly article i) Authors
  9. 9. Google for more information...
  10. 10. A typical scholarly article ii) Abstract
  11. 11. A typical scholarly article iii) Introduction
  12. 12. A typical scholarly article iv) Methodology
  13. 13. A typical scholarly article v) Results
  14. 14. A typical scholarly article vi) Discussion / Conclusion
  15. 15. A typical scholarly article vii) Bibliography
  16. 16. Skimming / 1     Think about WHO / WHAT / WHERE / WHEN / WHY / HOW as you read Look for important facts, key vocabulary words and terms, and words that are clues to relationships e.g. therefore, because, until, instead Look up definitions! Key sections: ABSTRACT / INTRODUCTION / RESULTS / CONCLUSION / FIGURES
  17. 17. Skimming / 2     What is the author trying to say, and how are they trying to say it Why is the author‟s point important? What is the social context of the work? Highlight / circle / underline!
  18. 18. Skimming / 3: Look at the bibliography    Which sources were used to write this paper? Even if article is of no use, bibliography can be very helpful Can help you narrow your focus
  19. 19. Narrowing your focus
  20. 20. Evaluating your article    Authors Date Publication information
  21. 21. Accessing scholarly articles    Not „google-able‟: $$$ Via CPIQ / Proquest / Questia / databases at the Toronto Public Library Choose peer-reviewed / academic journals tab
  22. 22. CPIQ
  23. 23. Proquest
  24. 24. Questia
  25. 25. How to search a database      Remember that only RECENT articles are indexed (usually mid-‟90s onwards) Start with keyword search Remember to use quotation marks e.g. “Roman Temples” If no matches, use synonyms Think about using connecting words e.g. Smoking OR Tobacco / Gods AND Egypt
  26. 26. Evaluating your source     Read critically Look for bias Assess the argument Read the acknowledgements, particularly in science articles
  27. 27. Citation Author of article last name, first name. "Title of article." Name of publication. Volume. Issue (Date): Page numbers. Name of Database. Web. Date of Access. O'Meara, Stephen James. "A Volcanic Sunset." Astronomy. 37.5 (May 2009): 18. CPIQ. Web. 8 August 2013. Povoledo, Elisabetta. "Rare peek at riches of past in Rome." New York Times. (July 4 2009): C1. Proquest Platinum. Web. 8 August 2009.
  28. 28. Questions?   For more information on scholarly journals, see A Pocket Style Manual. I will post this presentation, plus the handout, on our blog, library website and Edsby page.

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