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A scholarly journal IS...
...a publication used as a means to communicate the results of a scholar's research.
Scholars in higher education and other organizations work to advance knowledge in their field of study and it is important to share what is known and what requires more research.
Scholarly journals are typically published by scholarly societies (such as the American Psychological Association) or in university settings.
Check out this article written by scholars at ASU and other institutions! Then, answer the questions below.
Read the article abstract (descriptive paragraph). What is the purpose of the study being discussed in this article?
Scroll through the article. What are the four sections used to structure this article?
Let's Be Clear!
The world of information is vast and finding the right kind of article for your course assignments can sometimes be confusing. Recognizing an article from a scholarly journal, popular magazine or professional trade magazine is a very useful skill for students.
Scholarly vs. Popular Publications
This graphic lists some of the key differences between Scholarly Journals and Popular Magazines. Review the graphic and continue below.
Scholarly vs. Trade Publications
This graphic lists some of the key differences between Scholarly Journals and Trade Magazines. Review the graphic then continue below.
Now that you know the characteristics of each type of article, click on the APA citations below to open each article. Then, answer the questions below.
Which article is a from a scholarly journal?
When you reviewed Article 3. Which characteristics gave you a hint that this article is from a popular magazine?
Which of the articles includes charts and graphs to share information about a research study conducted on tweets.
Article 2 discusses a research study conducted to categorize 6 types of tweets. Is this a trade magazine article or a scholarly research article.
++Portions of the graphics on this page are borrowed from N. Lededer from Colorado State University Library.
"Peer review" refers to the policy of having experts in the field examine journal articles before acceptance for publication. Peer review insures that the research described in a journal's articles is sound and of high quality. Sometimes the term "refereed" is used instead of peer review. Source
How do I know if an article is peer reviewed?
Strategy 1: When using library research databases be sure to use the option provided for peer reviewed items.
For Example: Look at a couple of these library research databases. Note how you would limit results to peer reviewed articles.
When you reviewed a library research database, what option was provided for limited to peer reviewed items?
Strategy 2: Use Ulrich's International Periodical Directory @ ulrichsweb to determine if the following article is in a peer reviewed journal or not.
Hint! Be sure to look up the exact Journal Title (Journal of Urban Technology) NOT the Article Title (Potentials and Challenges for Social Media...).
Johnson, B. J., & Halegoua, G. R. (2014). Potential and Challenges for Social Media in the Neighborhood Context. Journal Of Urban Technology, 21(4), 51-75. doi:10.1080/10630732.2014.971528
Strategy 3: Look up the title of the journal in a search engine like Google. This approach takes a little exploration! Review the publisher's page to determine the peer review policy of the journal.
Example: Link to review the webpage for the Journal of Urban Technology Link, then answer the following question.
There is a peer review integrity icon on the home page for the Journal of Urban Technology. Where else on the page can you find a peer review statement?
Are All Peer Reviewed articles scholarly?
Not always! Be sure to verify an article is both scholarly and peer-reviewed!
Scholarly journals include articles that come in many shapes and sizes! The most common types of articles are...
Read the first two paragraphs of the section, "An Online Social Networking Experiment." Is this experimental design common in social networking research?
As you can see, this article is organized like an empirical research article with an introduction, methods, results and discussion. As you review the methods section, what is the name of the questionnaire used in the study?
Scholars use qualitative research methods to interpret words, images, objects using) investigate and explore questions. Typical methods include interviews and focus groups, ethnographic studies, content analysis, etc.
Read the article abstract at the top of the article. Which of the following is NOT the purpose of this qualitative research project?
At the end of the article, what is the name of the theory they recommend for future research?
Go to the Discussion section of this review article. Does the existing research indicate that video based or text based health information has more benefits to patients?
Review the following Abstract of an article found on ASU Libraries One Search service. Please indicate what type of article this abstract is describing.
ABSTRACT: Along with all of the personal information we voluntarily, often eagerly, share on social networks and shopping sites-and few of us take advantage of software or strategies to limit our digital footprint-we collectively upload 144,000 hours of video footage a day to YouTube. "The most fundamental impact surveillance has on identity," Brown says, "is that it reduces individuals' control over the information they disclose about their attributes in different social contexts, often to such powerful actors as the state or multinational corporations." According to a range of surveys of U.S. Facebook users, for example, as many as 25 percent have never checked or adjusted their privacy settings to impose even the most basic restriction on their postings: not making them public.
Risks associated with adolescent Internet use include exposure to inappropriate information and privacy violations. Privacy expectations and policies have changed over time. Recent Facebook security setting changes heighten these risks. The purpose of this study was to investigate views and experiences with Internet safety and privacy protection among older adolescent females at two time points, in 2009 and 2012.
Two waves of focus groups were conducted, one in 2009 and the other in 2012. During these focus groups, female university students discussed Internet safety risks and strategies and privacy protection. All focus groups were audio recorded and manually transcribed. Qualitative analysis was conducted at the end of each wave and then r
I defend social media’s potential to support Aristotelian virtue friendship against a variety of objections. I begin with Aristotle’s claim that the foundation of the best friendships is a shared life. Friends share the distinctively human and valuable components of their lives, especially reasoning together by sharing conversation and thoughts, and communal engagement in valued activities. Although some have charged that shared living is not possible between friends who interact through digital social media, I argue that social media preserves the relevantly human and valuable portions of life, especially reasoning, play, and exchange of ideas. I then consider several criticisms of social media’s potential to host friendships, and refute or weaken the force of these objections, us
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