Tutor profile: Katie T.
Subject: Natural Sciences
My instructor suggests that I don't search using Google. What are my other options?
While Google can be a great place to start, it is generally difficult to narrow down your search to find peer-reviewed, credible sources and find articles that have full text. An alternative is to use your library's databases. These databases allow you to search through all of the articles your library subscribes to.
Subject: Environmental Science
My professor says that I need to find an article in a peer-reviewed journal for my Environmental Science class. What's the difference between scholarly and peer-reviewed journals?
A publication is regarded as scholarly if it is authored by experts, for experts. The publication is academic in focus as it reports original research (experimentation), research methodology or theory. Prior to publication, articles are submitted and go through a rigorous assessment that involves review and approval by the author’s peers (experts in the same subject area). Peer reviewed serials publish articles only if they have passed through the official editorial process. The peer review and evaluation system is utilized to safeguard, maintain, and improve the quality of scholarly materials published in serials. While not all scholarly journals go through the peer review process, it is usually safe to assume that a peer reviewed journal is also scholarly.
Subject: Library and Information Science
What is the difference between primary and secondary sources?
A primary source provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art. Primary sources include historical and legal documents, eyewitness accounts, results of experiments, statistical data, pieces of creative writing, audio and video recordings, speeches, and art objects. A secondary source is a source that provides an analysis of documents or articles at a later date or by people who were not directly involved in the original work. Examples include textbooks, review articles, and encyclopedias.
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