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What are peer reviewed articles and when are they used?
Peer reviewed articles are scholarly works, written by academics or other professionals. They are published in journals after evaluation by subject experts. Peer reviewed articles are the most reliable academic resources. When researching a topic, scholars normally read the peer reviewed research previously published on the topic for background understanding, to discover what is already known on the topic and to determine what needs further research.
Sources of peer reviewed articles
Below are databases containing peer reviewed articles of interest to IST majors:
What are professional articles and when are they used?
Professional articles (or reports) are materials written by industry experts. They may or may not cite other scholarly resources, but they often cite data or statistics. They are not peer-reviewed. They are often prepared for to help legislators understand an issue. In academic research they are good sources of background information.
Sources of professional articles
Below are sources of professional articles and reports of interest to IST majors:
From Harvard's Kennedy School of Government library, this link is a custom Google search + list of hundreds of US and international think tanks affiliated with universities, governments, advocacy groups, foundations, non-governmental organizations, and businesses that generate public policy research, analysis, and activity.
Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States. Since 1999, it has reported and analyzed trends in state policy.
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What are popular articles and when are they used?
Popular sources include newspaper and magazine articles. They are written by non-experts, though often by people with a special interest in a topic. Their intended audience is the general public. In academic research, popular sources are useful during the initial stages of research to help the researcher gain understanding of all sides of an issue. They often also are valuable primary sources.
Sources of popular articles
Below are some sources of popular articles of interest to IST majors:
Covers a wide range of news, business, legal, medical, and reference information, most available in full text. Includes newspapers, magazines, wire services, federal and state court opinions, federal and state statutes, federal regulations, and SEC filings. Most entries are full-text, some updated daily.
Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full- text format.
Provides cover-to-cover full-text for more than 40 U.S. and international newspapers, selective full-text for more than 330 regional U.S. newspapers, and full-text television and radio news transcripts from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.
A collection of full-text newswires that incorporates business news information from various regional and worldwide sources. Information provided by these sources covers business, economic, political and other diverse international news events.
World News Digest is a go-to resource for context and background on key issues and events in the news from 1940-present. In addition to news articles, WND aggregates social media feeds and includes editorial cartoons, historical documents infographics and statistics. Hundreds of news sources, governments, and organizations—including ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, NPR, and the parliaments of Canada and Australia—rely on World News Digest for a broader view of the issues that matter today.
Citation managers are software tools that help you collect, organize, cite, and share references. They integrate with your web browser as your search and you can use them to organize your references into a personal library. Anyone working on writing projects that require more than a few references will benefit from using a citation manager.