Know the difference between empirical and review articles.
An empirical (research) article reports methods and findings of an original research study conducted by the authors of the article.
Literature Review article
A review article or "literature review" discusses past research studies on a given topic.
Know the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly articles.
"Scholarly" journal = "Peer-Reviewed" journal = "Refereed" journal
When researching your topic, you may come across many different types of sources and articles. When evaluating these sources, it is important to think about:
|Written by experts, like academics, scientists, scholars, etc.||Written by generalists, such as journalists, bloggers, etc.|
|Written for specialists or students in the field.||
Written for the general population.
|Written with scholarly or technical language.||Easy to read, or will define any specialized terms.|
|Will include a full bibliography of the sources that are cited.||No formal citations, or may not have any citations.|
|Published in an academic journal.||Published in a newspaper, magazine, or blog.|
|Are often peer-reviewed.||Are edited in-house or self-edited.|
Here are helpful links and guides to check out for more information on scholarly sources: