WADE COLLEGE LIBRARY WEBSITE

Research Help


5W's and H

  • WHO
    • Who is the book/article about?
    • Who wrote the book/article?
    • What are that persons credentials?
  • WHAT
    • What is the purpose of the book/article?
    • What evidence does the author present?
    • What evidence does the author fail to present?
  • WHEN
    • Is the information current or historical?
    • Has the information been updated/revised?
  • WHERE
    • Where can I find more information?
    • Does the author have citations to other sources?
    • Evaluate those citations
  • WHY
    • Why is the information presented valid? Not valid?
    • Why does the information support or challenge your research?
  • HOW
    • How does the information relate to your other research?

 

SCHOLARLY vs POPULAR vs TRADE RESEARCH

  • SCHOLARLY
    • Written by experts in a field for the purpose of sharing with other researchers. Example: Peer Review
    • Requires full bibliography/citations Example: APA, MLA, Chicago
    • Content is advanced, heavy language,
    • For more information: Check out Anatomy of a Scholarly Article from North Carolina State University Libraries
    • Examples at Wade College include Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing
  • POPULAR
    • Aimed at wider audiences
    • Written in less formal language text
    • Not necessarily written by research experts
    • Examples at Wade College include Time Magazine, Vogue, Wired
  • TRADE
    • Specialized but not necessarily scholarly
    • Aimed at professionals, intended for trends
    • Example at Wade College include: Art Forum, Interior Design, Texas Architect

 

Back to top