ENVS 502 Environmental Research and Projects Framework: Home

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Types of articles and journals

You will often be asked to search for academic, scholarly, refereed or peer-reviewed articles. How are they different from other articles?

Academic, Scholarly, Refereed, or Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Academic articles appear in academic journals (as opposed to general interest or trade magazines)
  • Articles in academic journals are selected (refereed) by experts in the field (peer reviewers).
  • Academic articles are created by academics for academics.
  • The research and information in these articles is considered to be trustworthy and well-researched.
  • Academic journals often have the word "journal" in the title, like Journal of Environmental Health.
  • Academic articles are long.
  • Academic articles have citations (footnotes or endnotes).
  • Academic articles are often primary literature, meaning the first reports of research.
  • Academic journals rarely feature color pictures; many will feature charts and graphs.
  • Authors often have an affiliation with a university or research institute.

 Trade Magazines

  • Trade magazines provide news for professionals in a field, so they assume the reader is knowledgable.  (Columbia Journalism Review is a trade magazine for journalists, The Biologist is a trade magazine for biologists.)
  • Articles are often shorter and don't have footnotes.

General-interest Magazines

  • General-interest magazines include titles like Time, Newsweek, Forbes, and Rolling Stone.
  • Articles are often shorter and written for a general audience.
  • Don't dismiss an article in a general-interest magazine, but be aware of who it is written for and where it is coming from.

Many databases will allow you to limit to only articles in  peer-reviewed journals.  Ulrich's Web is a directory of journals (not a database of articles) that will always tell you whether a periodical is refereed.

Librarian

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Rob Lopresti
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Western Digital Collections

Western Libraries has many digital collections.  The Huxley Collection includes digital copies of recent theses, field project reports, etc.