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Evaluating Periodicals. Source of an Article . When using articles for research, the source of the article helps you identify its appropriateness for the type of research you are doing Source = the periodical (journal, magazine , or newspaper) in which the article is published.

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Source of an Article

  • When using articles for research, the source of the article helps you identify its appropriateness for the type of research you are doing

    • Source = the periodical (journal, magazine , or newspaper) in which the article is published


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3 Types of Periodicals

  • Research or scholarly journals (also calledacademic, peer-reviewed or refereed)

  • Professional or trade publications

  • Magazines or popular periodicals


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Scholarly Journal Characteristics

  • Informs and reports on research (usually original) done by scholars and experts in a specific discipline/field of study

  • Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in a specific field

  • Intended for a limited audience—researchers, scholars, and experts in a specific field

  • Often includes a literature review

  • Articles are often lengthy (10+ pages); may have charts and/or diagrams

  • Includes bibliography or references

    Example: Academy of Management Journal

    Sample Article


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Trade or Professional Publication Characteristics

  • Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business

  • Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry

  • Intended for practitioners in a particular profession, business, or industry

  • Presents a variety of information: professional news, trends, jobs, etc.

  • Summarizes research and how to apply it

  • May also include in-depth research, bibliographies, etc.

    Example: Harvard Business Review

    Sample Article


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Magazines or Popular Periodicals

  • Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis

  • Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff

  • Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists

  • May report on research or give an overview

  • May acknowledge source of information in article but usually does not include a bibliography

    Example: BusinessWeek

    Sample Article


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Putting it Together

  • Your assignment or project determines the sources you should use

  • These characteristics will help you distinguish which sources are most appropriate for your assignment or project


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References

Temple University Libraries. (2009). Education:

Resources for education research. Retrieved from

http://guides.temple.edu/content.php?pid=279&sid=8437


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