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WRI 1100: Hansen: Scholarly Research

Research Process, Information, and Scholarly Sources

Information is all around us, and we are constantly seeking it.

Information goes through cycles from inspiration to publication to dissemination and back to inspiration.

These videos from Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge do a great job of describing the research process, the types of information out there, what they are good for, and what "scholarly' really means:

Topic Exploration (2:37)

Types of Information (3:00)

What's a Scholarly Article (2:32)

Peer Review

Articles submitted for peer review go through a vigourous process of inspection and consideration.

Watch the video, Peer Review in 5 Minutes for all the basics on peer reviewed journal articles.

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles in the Databases

When searching in the SPU Library Article Databases, look for the peer reviewed or scholarly check box when you begin your search:

Limit your results

or after your search you can pull out the peer reviewed/scholarly articles from your results:

Refine your results

Finding Peer Reviewed Articles on the Internet

When you find an article on the Internet, it may not be clear whether it is from a peer reviewed journal.

To determine whether a journal is peer reviewed,

  • Check the website for the journal.
    • It may say on the main page that the journal is peer reviewed.
    • If not, check the "About" or "Mission" section of the journal's website
    • If not, check the "Guidelines for Authors" or "Submission Guidelines" section of the journal's websit