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CNX 211: The Life (and Death?) of Public Education in America

Identifying Scholarly Research

Considering periodical publications:

  • Physical/Visual clues:
    • Design elements: color, graphics, advertisements, etc.
    • Durability: quality of the physical object
    • Publication frequency
  • Audience:
    • For whom is the content intended?
      • What reading-level is required for the reader to
        understand the content?

  • Authority:
    • Is the author credentialed?  Affiliated with an
      organization or institution?
    • Who is the publisher?
    • Are sources cited?
    • Has the content gone through a peer-review or
      refereed process?

  • Clues in the publications's title:
    • Scholarly periodicals often have at least one of the
      following words in its title:  
      • Journal  |  Review  |  Study/Studies  |  Research
      • Quarterly, or one of the four seasons:
        Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Peer Review Explained

Video created by NCSU Libraries.

Citation: A (Very) Brief Introduction

What is citation? Why do we cite? 

How to Read Scholarly Articles

Librarians at the City Colleges of Chicago Harold Washington Library created a fabulous guide on How to Read Scholarly ArticlesRead the first three pages only-- the fourth page is specific to their library!

The scientific method

Scientific method:  a method of procedure that has characterized natural science
since the 17th century, 
consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment,
and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.   
--From the Mac OS Dictionary, Version 2.1.3.

Sample words found in publications likely indicating a scientific/scholarly approach informed an author's work:

Evidence | Data | Empirical | Experiment | Survey | Interview | Ethnographic | Study | Observation | Research