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Geography 208: Global Movements FA2017

What is Peer Reviewed and Scholarly?

Evaluating Resources

Criteria to use when assessing the quality of the information you find and deciding which sources to use for your research
Not all information resources are created equal!  Be sure you think about what kind of information you are using.  Some quick guidelines:

  • Authority - Can you tell who the author is? What are the author's and publisher's credentials?
  • Currency - What is the publication date? This is especially important if you need current/up-to-date information.
  • Audience - Is it written/intended for an academic or a popular audience?
  • Bias - What is the author's point of view?
  • Relevance - Is the information relevant to your research question?
  • Accuracy - Does the author cite his/her sources?

Determining if an article is "peer reviewed" or "scholarly"

Scholarly journals are also called academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed journals. They are journals that submit articles to several other scholars, experts, or academics (peers) in the field for review and comment. These reviewers must agree that the article represents properly conducted original research or writing before it can be published.)

What to look for:

  • abstract (descriptive summary)
  • footnotes or bibliographies
  • institutions author(s) are from, ex. universities, research institutions, think tanks 
  • main is to report on original research or experimentation

EXAMPLES OF SCHOLARLY JOURNALS:

American Economic Review

Applied Geography

Archives of Sexual Behavior

JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of Theoretical Biology

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