For your weekly discussions, topic of interest discussion, and developmental observation, you will need to search for scholarly and professional sources. Scholarly and professional sources are explained below, along with a few examples.
Scholarly journal articles:
written by an researcher in the field and reviewed by peers who are researchers in the same area. These articles are published in peer-reviewed journals, and are most often found via disciplinary databases like PsycINFO, or multidisciplinary search tools like Google Scholar.
Scholars often write books to give a thorough examination to a topic. Books are not peer-reviewed, but academic publishers generally only publish books written by authors that have credible expertise in the field.
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Professional organizations/associations and research institutes often write reports on various topics. Federal and state government agencies also often issue reports.
Professional articles/webpages might be articles written by experts in the field or by staff writers. These sources are written for a practitioner audience, and are often published on the websites of professional organizations/associations.
Popular magazine articles and news media:
These articles are written for a general audience rather than for professionals or scholars. Examples include The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and Gawker.com
There are many self-published websites, and often these websites constitute an individual's perspective on a topic, as opposed to scholarly work.
Articles in peer-reviewed, scholarly journals have particular characteristics that can help you recognize them:
1. Author's name, position, affiliation (usually a university), and contact information are listed.
2. The article has clearly labeled sections. These section titles may vary, but usually include at least:
3. The article has a list of cited references at the end.
This 5-minute video demonstrates using the C.R.A.P. test (Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose/Point of view) to evaluate websites on the topic of performance enhancing drugs in sports.