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It's important to understand the difference between a popular, scholarly and trade periodical.
What's a Periodical?
A periodical is anything that comes out with regular issues. A daily newspaper, a weekly news magazine, a monthly journal, and an annual book series are all examples of periodicals.
Popular, Scholarly or Trade?
- 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
- 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
- Specialized but not necessarily scholarly
- Aimed at professionals, intended for trends
- Example at Wade College include: Art Forum, Interior Design, Texas Architect
Creating great content requires basic information gathering, research and problem-solving. Use the 5W's and an H to evaluate resources or anytime that you are writing an essay, story or an article that someone else may read. Remember to ask yourself:
5W's and H
- Who is the book/article about?
- Who wrote the book/article?
- What are that persons credentials?
- What is the purpose of the book/article?
- What evidence does the author present?
- What evidence does the author fail to present?
- Is the information current or historical?
- Has the information been updated/revised?
- Where can I find more information?
- Does the author have citations to other sources?
- Evaluate those citations
- Why is the information presented valid? Not valid?
- Why does the information support or challenge your research?
- How does the information relate to your other research?
Why is citing important?
It's important to cite sources you used in your research for several reasons:
- To prove that you've done proper research by listing the sources you used to get your information
- To give credit to other researchers for their ideas
- To avoid plagiarism by quoting words and ideas used by other authors
- To allow your reader to find the sources you used through a citation list, reference page or footnotes.
Citations are a way to identify published information from a book, article, chapter, web site etc.
Elements of a citation
Citations consist of elements, and contain all the information necessary to identify and track down the publications.
- author name(s)
- titles of books, articles, and journals
- date of publication
- page numbers
- volume and issue numbers (for articles)
Citations may look different, depending on what is being cited and which style was used to create them.
The three major citation styles are:
- American Psychological Association (APA) for Social Sciences
- Modern Language Association (MLA) for Humanities
- Chicago Manual of Style for Various Other Subjects
For more information on Citation Resources check out Purdue OWL
What is a research guide?
A Research Guide is an organized list of resources related to a certain topic. They are also sometimes known as subject guides, pathfinder or libguides.
Where can I find information?
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