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Week 3: Scholarly journals and all that Jazz. Review. Last week we looked at different types of research. Looking for a quick fact, compiling different resources to form a big picture, and analyzing data to solve a problem.

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  • Last week we looked at different types of research. Looking for a quick fact, compiling different resources to form a big picture, and analyzing data to solve a problem.
  • When you start thinking about your research topic (in future classes), say to yourself “Can this question be answered quickly?” If so, it might not be a good research topic IF your assignment is to write a long paper.
  • Does this make sense? The TYPE of research you do will depend of what the question is.
  • I don’t want you overly concerned about this. I just wanted you to be aware that sometimes research will be quick and other times it might take you weeks, months, or even years to do.
  • For this class, we will be focusing on finding different resources to form that big picture.
primary vs secondary sources
Primary vs. Secondary sources
  • What do you think this is?
primary and secondary sources
Primary and Secondary sources
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHartnessLibrary#p/c/748297966B083400/10/s13KpDtKAys
examples of primary sources
Examples of Primary Sources




**Interviews with people

**Public records

**Transcripts of speeches

**Letters, emails, memos, listservs, blogs, discussion threads, newsgroups, and other correspondence


**Photographs and works of art

**Newspaper articles reporting AT THE TIME the event took place


**Government documents

examples of secondary sources
Examples of secondary sources
  • Books and textbooks
  • Review articles from scholarly journals
  • Scientific reports
  • Technical reports
  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Handbooks
  • Databases
  • Newspaper articles that analyze events
  • Magazine articles
  • Dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Any idea what they are?
  • A periodical is published on a regular or recurring basis.
  • This can be daily, weekly, monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or annually.
  • Among periodicals are scholarly journals, popular magazines, trade publications, and newspapers.
  • An important feature of a periodical is CURRENCY.
  • Because they are published frequently, they are expected to provide up-to-date information.

I have created a handout to help you tell the difference.

so what s the difference
So What’s the difference?
  • Each group has three different journals.
  • Please take a look at each one and write down on your sheet the differences you notice about each one.
  • Then we will discuss what types of journals these are and what role they play in searching for information.
popular versus scholarly
Popular versus scholarly
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHartnessLibrary#p/c/748297966B083400/9/xUSEpPwC_1w
examples of scholarly journals
Examples of Scholarly Journals
  • The main thing to remember about scholarly journals is that they are VERY expensive. Therefore, you would NOT find them in bookstores or grocery store aisles.
  • You would find them in libraries (public and academic).
  • If the title sounds boring, it is more than likely scholarly.
examples of popular magazines
Examples of Popular Magazines
  • The thing to remember is that popular magazines can be bought at bookstores, grocery stores, newsstands, and airports.
one more trade publications
One more: Trade Publications
  • Trade publications are periodicals written for a specific industry or business.
  • They are usually published by an association tied to that trade.
  • The authors of the articles in trade publications are typically practitioners or professionals in that specific field.
  • The goal of these articles is to inform others working in that industry.
examples of trade publications
Examples of Trade Publications
  • Make note that some trade publications can be purchased at bookstores like Barnes and Noble so it is a good idea to look through the magazine and visit the website to determine if it is trade or popular.
  • Newspapers are of a local, regional, national or international venue.
  • They can be general or topic-specific.
  • The usually cover current news and events.
  • Newspapers may be published by commercial enterprises, by individuals, or by professional organizations to provide information to its members or the general public.

I know it can be hard to tell what type of journal it is. If you have the journal in front of you, you can look through it.

  • Trade journals and popular magazines are sometimes hard to tell apart. For example, Popular Mechanics is a POPULAR magazine while Aviation Week and Space Technology is a TRADE journal.
  • When it doubt, go to the journal’s website and look at their submission guidelines. If it is peer-reviewed then you know it is scholarly!
  • Don’t panic! When we learn how to search databases for journal articles, I will show you how to tell immediately what type of journal it is!
  • Let’s do an in-class activity on the difference between scholarly and popular journals.
what s a keyword
What’s a “keyword?”
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheHartnessLibrary#p/c/748297966B083400/7/hcINh_e5aKU
concept mapping
Concept Mapping
  • Sometimes it might be difficult to come up with different keywords and/or adjectives to describe your topic.
  • Besides using a thesaurus, you can use concept mapping.
  • Basically concept maps are diagrams that show relationships between concepts.
  • This is a good way to visually see connections between different words and concepts.
credo reference
Credo Reference
  • As Harrison College students you have access to a reference database called Credo Reference.
  • Credo Reference has its own concept mapping feature.
  • Let’s take a look at the feature together and search for the keywords:

School bullying and Suicidal Behavior


another version free
Another Version…FREE!!
  • You will not always have access to Credo Reference once you leave Harrison College.
  • You may or may not like concept mapping. If you don’t, that is fine! But if you do, here is another version you can use that is provided by Google and it is FREE!
  • You might prefer one version over another. For future research projects, use the one you are most comfortable with. For tonight’s research assignment, you will decide which of the two to use.

Let’s try the same topic: school bullying and suicidal behavior

  • www.google.com
for next week
For Next Week
  • Read Chapter 3.
  • Be prepared to take the quiz over the chapter.
  • Complete “Research Assignment #3” which has you using concept mapping to come up with different subject/topic ideas. You will also find primary and secondary sources for your topics.
  • Have a great weekend! 
one minute write up
One Minute write-up

Please answer the following questions.

  • 1. How can you use what you learned today in your other classes?
  • 2. What did you have the most trouble with and why?
  • 3. Do you have any suggestions or concerns you would like to bring to my attention?