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IST 210 - Research Design: Find Secondary Sources - Articles

Find Peer Reviewed Articles

What are peer reviewed articles and when are they used?

Peer reviewed articles are scholarly works, usually written by academics, published in journals after evaluation by field experts. Peer reviewed articles are the most reliable academic resources. When researching a topic, scholars normally read the peer reviewed research previously on the topic for background understand, 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:

Find Professional Articles and Reports

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 They are not peer-reviewed.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:


Find Popular Articles

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:


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