Information about scholarlyinformation

Published on March 6, 2010

Author: cshantaram



Library to the rescue… : Library to the rescue… Recognizing & Locating Scholarly Information Scholarly Publications : Scholarly Publications A publication is considered scholarly if the articles are authored by subject experts for a target audience that is mainly academic, and published by a recognized society with academic goals and missions. These publications would normally contain original research or reports on original research, leading readers into further development of the topic/subject. Peer-reviewed Publications : Peer-reviewed Publications A publication is known as peer-reviewed (or refereed) if a subject expert affiliated with an academic institution or professional organization has reviewed the articles for accuracy, validity and clarity of the information presented before approving them for publication in a scholarly journal. This process is moderated by the journal editorial staff to ensure the quality of work submitted for publication. Each article submitted for publication is carefully critiqued and judged on multiple criteria including credibility, reliability and relevance to the field of knowledge in a particular subject area. Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed : Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed All peer-reviewed journals will fall under the “scholarly “ category. However, all scholarly publications may not be peer-reviewed. Only those that go through the review process will be considered peer-reviewed. Some professional magazines fall under Trade Publications. These may or may not be peer-reviewed. Trade Publications : Trade Publications Trade publications contain practical information on a specific industry or profession. Target audience is members of specific profession, industry or business. Some trade publications are peer-reviewed. Information here is usually considered reliable. The nature of writing will be technical and may or may not be viewed as academic in nature. The word “Journal” in the title : The word “Journal” in the title A publication may be classified a “journal” based upon the nature of information it offers. The word “Journal” appearing in the title does not always indicate a publication of scholarly nature. For example, Wall Street Journal is a newspaper; not a scholarly publication. Recognizing a scholarly article : Recognizing a scholarly article Content will relate to research projects, methodology and theory The articles will: be lengthy have structured sections, abstract as well as results cite every piece of information have a bibliography at the end of the article will not contain glossy images or photographs, except when relevant to the study contain statistical data, and/or graphs and charts show author affiliation and contact information may show the number of times the article has been cited (used) by others Locating scholarly articles : Locating scholarly articles Library databases have a convenient feature to limit a search to only scholarly articles. Depending upon the database design, these may fall under any one of the following categories: Scholarly Peer-reviewed Refereed Academic At the results list: click appropriate tab or select options : At the results list: click appropriate tab or select options Limit options in the databases AT THE SEARCH SCREEN: Basic & Advanced Why insist on scholarly information? : Why insist on scholarly information? Using scholarly information will improve the quality of your research paper, in keeping with the academic advancement you pursue. Knowledge gained through quality information will result in a better understanding of the subject, helping you become good scholars and researchers. Is using limit options in the database enough? : Is using limit options in the database enough? Yes. Using the appropriate limit options in the databases is an easier and safer way to get to scholarly information. However check that the nature of information is consistent with the other pieces of information collected. When in doubt ask the instructor or contact the library for help. Are databases consistent in determining this category? : Are databases consistent in determining this category? Assigning categories is all up to the indexing staff of the database vendors. As far as your research is concerned you need not worry about this conflicting information. Just go with what the database indicates. When in doubt…. : When in doubt…. E-mail: [email protected] Phone: Toll-free: 888-854-1058Local: 810-766-4217 Contact the librarians

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