Research Tips

Examples

Domains: .edu, .gov, .org, .mil, .net, .com -- domain names suggest the nature of the site
 
Authority & Reliability 

Scholarly/Academic/Peer-Reviewed Journals


Peer review is a scholarly form of review used by journals only for journal articles. After an article is sent to an academic journal, the editor sends it to several peer reviewerstypically scholars in the fieldfor evaluation.

These peer reviewers examine the paper's methodology, literature review, and conclusions. They note the existence of bias or other flaws. The peer reviewers may accept the article, require rewrites from the authors, or reject the article.

If you are asked to find articles that are peer-reviewed, what you are really looking for are articles from a peer-reviewed journal.

Peer review can also be called: 

  • blind peer review
  • scholarly peer review
  • refereeing or refereed
  • WHAT IS KEYWORD SEARCHING?

    Keywords, also commonly called search terms, are the words that you enter into the database search boxes. They represent the main concepts of your research topic and are the words used in everyday life to describe the topic. Without the right keywords, you may have difficulty finding the articles that you need.

    Selecting keywords is a multi-step process that involves:

    • identifying the main concepts of your topic
    • brainstorming synonyms and antonyms that could also be used to describe your topic
    • spell out abbreviations

     

    It is very rare that your first search will bring back perfect results. It takes trial and error to determine which keywords work best for your topic. Be prepared to run multiple searches in your quest for the keywords that will help you find the materials you need.