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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
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
3 types of periodicals
3 Types of Periodicals
  • Research or scholarly journals (also calledacademic, peer-reviewed or refereed)
  • Professional or trade publications
  • Magazines or popular periodicals
scholarly journal characteristics
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

trade or professional publication characteristics
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

magazines or popular periodicals
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

putting it together
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
references
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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