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Organizational Dynamics : Getting Started

Guide for BA305

Library Research

Research 101 - Getting Started in Library Research

Try the steps outlined in this guide for a simple and effective search strategy to find information for your research paper, project or presentation.

What is Peer Reviewed

Peer Reviewed? Refereed?

Peer Review.  The process of obtaining impartial opinions from the research and academic community in order to ascertain whether papers submitted for publication in journals ... are of a sustainable standard. 

Referee.  An independent expert who assists the editor of a journal in evaluating the acceptability of contributions submitted for publication.

Peer Review- Video

One Search for WSU Library Materials

Journals Vs. Magazines

Criteria for Evaluation

  Scholarly Journals

 

Popular Magazines

 

 

Bibliographies or references included

 

Usually DO NOT have bibliographies

 

Authors are experts, often professors at universities or research centers

 

 

Authors are often journalists or generalists

 

Contain articles approved by author's peers (peer reviewed) or refereed

 

 

Contain articles chosen by editors who are employed by the magazine or people within a certain trade field

 

Audience is the scholarly reader, such as professors, researchers, students

 

 

Audience is the general population

 

Standardized formats are usually followed (APA, MLA, etc.)

 

 

Various formats which are often unstructured

 

Written in the jargon of the field

 

 

Written for anyone to understand

 

Any illustrations support the text (maps, tables, photos)

 

 

Often illustrated for market appeal