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Types of Information Sources

Journal articles, patents, conference proceedings, technical reports, theses and dissertations: present original results of investigations reported by researchers (called primary sources).

Review articles, books, handbooks, encyclopedias, dictionaries: analyze, compile and facilitate access to information from primary sources (called secondary sources)

Characteristics of Scholarly Journals

In-depth content: reports and analyses of original research conducted in the lab

Written by experts: professors, scientists with in-depth knowledge of the discipline

Formatted for journal's guidelines: title, author list, abstract, methodology, results, discussion, conclusion, references, suppporting information, graphics, tables

Peer-reviewed: manuscript is reviewed by a panel of experts in the field of research

Information Searching Strategies

  • Locate background information using reviews and articles from encyclopedias
  • Identify key researchers in the area
  • Complete a list of publications for the author
  • Be familiar with specific search techniques of the database
  • Know the value and use of citations searching backward and forward in time
  • Subscribe to the alert services provided by journals and databases

Evaluation of Information Resources

  • Content: is it related to your topic? In what aspects?
  • Authority: are the author's credentials known? Is the jouranl source scholarly?
  • Date published: is the currency of information important for your inquiry?
  • Availability: is the abstract, references,full text availalbe? How soon do you need this info?