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Entering the conversation: Academic journals and your development as a scholar

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Very quick overview aimed to help students begin searching for relevant scholarly journals in their fields.

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Entering the conversation: Academic journals and your development as a scholar

  1. 1. Entering the conversation: Academic journals and your development as a scholar Paul M. Rogers PhD February 26, 2014
  2. 2. Overview “Scholarly Journals” are also called: • “Academic” Journals • “Peer-Reviewed” Journals • “Refereed” Journals Scholarly journals are often "refereed" before publication by an editorial board or outside scholars
  3. 3. Audience Scholars, researchers, and students in the field
  4. 4. Authors Written by specialists and scholars Often include author's credentials
  5. 5. Possibilities: • Handbooks/Encyclopedias/Review articles • Find articles/books from reference lists • Use advanced search features in databases • Search for articles using a particular research methods • Create search alerts • Google Scholar
  6. 6. Handbooks, encyclopedias, etc. • Why? • • • • Background info/definitions Overview of theories and authors Key researchers and issues Find keywords (for searching)
  7. 7. Encyclopedias • Great background and overview • Key issues, etc.
  8. 8. References…
  9. 9. Database searching
  10. 10. Use the thesaurus • Find better or more terms
  11. 11. Finding studies that use a particular research design • Try adding “literature review” • you will see examples of lit reviews, plus get an overview of some aspect of your topic • Or “narrative” or “quantitative” etc.
  12. 12. Search alerts
  13. 13. Journal alerts • Set up in database like Education Research Complete • Or set up from publisher/journal website
  14. 14. Wikipedia
  15. 15. For more info and help… • http://library.gmu.edu/research/liais.html
  16. 16. http://library.gmu.edu/research/liais.html

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