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Scholarly vs. Popular
Often you will be asked to include peer-reviewed literature in your writing. Fortunately, many databases include a Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed/Academic Journal limiter to help you determine is an article is indeed peer reviewed.
Information is listed below to describe peer review and to assist you in recognizing peer-reviewed literature.
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Peer Review in 3 Minutes
North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries, 3:15
- What do peer reviewers do? How are they similar to or different from editors?
- Who are the primary customers of scholarly journals?
- Do databases only include peer-reviewed articles? How do you know?
Scholarly Articles - Key Article Types
Original Research Vs. Review
Within research articles, you may find original research articles which are a study or experiment with a hypothesis.
- authors will report the purpose of the study, the research methodology, and results
- particularly predominant in medical and psychology literature
- may follow the IMRAD format: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion
Some databases allow you to narrow to original research. For example in PsycInfo, you can choose to search for articles based on a specific methodology e.g. Empirical Study or in PubMed you can choose to Limit to Clinical Trials.
Non-original research articles include reviews.
- summarize or synthesize content from earlier published research
- useful for surveying the literature on a specific research area
- useful for identifying trends or gaps in the research
Original Research or Review? Mystery Article #1
Original Research or Review? Mystery Article #2