Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from other Periodicals

| April 7, 2014

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Scholarly Resources
The strength of a scholar’s writing rests in large part on the quality of the research that informs the writer’s argument. In earlier academic writing you may have used textbooks, articles from the popular press, or even encyclopedias to support your work. In this program you will depend on peer-reviewed articles from academic databases, as well as credible research from the realm of public policy institutions, government, and other primary sources.
To prepare for this assignment:
• Review the Study Notes, “Identifying and Evaluating Online Resources,” making sure to access additional websites provided within the Study Notes.;
• Review the article, “Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from other Periodicals,” paying particular attention to all four categories of resources.
• Consider the difference between peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles and how you might recognize one from the other.
• Reflect on criteria you might use to determine credibility for different sources of information.
The assignment: (1–2 pages)
• Explain the differences between peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed articles.
• Explain how to determine the credibility of sources of information including institutions, organizations, agencies, periodicals, and other resources.
Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.
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