Determine what you need:• Book –• Article – General – Peer-reviewed, scientific – Review articles• Background information Think before you search
Types of Literature• Primary – Original, first hand reporting of new data or experience.• Secondary – Information taken from other sources and summarized. – Objective – multiple points of view (unbiased). – Subjective – single point of view (biased).• Tertiary – Refers to an information source (a bibliography)
When does information become literature?When recorded in a tangible medium such as a book, magazine or journal article or web site.
Literature Research• Scientific research builds on previous research.• Literature search will reveal seminal articles in a field.• Some databases link live to articles in bibliography.
Recognize the differencebetween a magazine and a journal….. Peer review: suitability for publication credibility quality control Often primary literature
Primary Sources & Peer ReviewA peer reviewed primary source is a work that is evaluated by experts in the field of study prior to publication. Serves as a measure of quality.Primary Source - Original document containing firsthand information – Diaries, interviews – Original research including journal articles and preprints
Secondary Source Information taken from other sources and summarized and evaluated• Important Secondary Sources – Annual Reviews of… CQ Researcher Plunkett Research Online
Databases! Do you have your own database?• Cell phone address book• iTunes
Article Research1. Background information – Be able to talk about your topic for 5 minutes before you begin your research! – Annual Reviews2. Find your “classic paper” – Basis for or generated a great deal of research – A highly cited paper3. Current primary source articles