So you've found a scholarly journal, now what? How do you tell if it's going to work for your paper?
Scholarly journals contain a variety of articles:
- Editorials/Letters to the Editor (opinion pieces)
- Book Reviews
- Research Articles
- Primary or Original Research Studies
- Meta-Analysis or Reviews of Research (basically, an article summarizing many original research studies)
So what's going to work for my research paper?
- Usually anything that's a research article will work
- Sometimes only primary research articles will be allowed in your assignment (check the assignment requirements)
How do I tell what's what?
- Look at the length; if it's more than a couple pages, it's probably a research article
- Does it have a reference list or citations at the end?
- Is an author listed? Sometimes book reviews and letters to the editor don't have authors listed
- Does it begin with an abstract (summary) of the article?