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What Researchers Do:

TOPIC – Define the research question/statement

SOURCES – Identify the information need. Do you need background info? A research article? A literature review article? etc. What databases would include this type of information on your topic?

KEYWORDS – Select the words you will be using to find information effectively and efficiently (Use a variety of words to describe your topic/concepts. Find subject headings that relate to your topic/concept).

EVALUATION – Evaluate information critically. Is the info relevant, reliable, current, appropriate?

USE--Organize, synthesize and communicate information to make your point/argument.

CITE--Ethically and legally access and use info by avoiding plagiarism and citing all your sources.

Scholarly Journals and Peer Review

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles-  Articles reviewed by experts/ scholars in the field that meet specific criteria with regards to a specific publication or discipline.

Scholarly Articles- Articles written by experts that can either be primary research or a review of the literature on a particular subject.

Examples of Scholarly Articles

 

 

Qualitative Study

Quantitative Study

Literature Review

Meta-Analysis

Sample groups too small to analyze using statistics

 

 

 

Produces numerical results/ analyzed statistically

An article that provides an overview of important research on a particular topic

Reviews several quantitative studies analyzing them looking for patterns/ trends within data

Case Study

 

May involves experimentation

Considered scholarly but not primary research/ no new study is conducted

Uses existing studies

Interview

 

Survey/ questionnaire

 

 

Usually considered another form of quantitative research

Focus Groups

 

 

 

Subject Guide

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