Educational Psychology 3030: Scholarly Research

The goals of this course are to engage students in studying and understanding research in education, and how research can be used to inform and improve educational practice.

Characteristics of Scholarly Resources

 WHAT IS A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL?

A scholarly journal contains articles and letters written by scholars to report results of research and other scholarly activities. For most academic papers, scholarly articles are excellent and preferred sources for supporting your arguments.

WHAT ARE SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL?

  • Scholarly journals are usually published or sponsored by a professional society or association.
  • There may be a list of reviewers on the first few pages. This type of journal is known as a "juried", "refereed", or "peer reviewed" journal. In such journals, all articles are reviewed by experts before publication so the journals tend to be considered among the best in their fields.
Some Differences between Scholarly and Popular publications:
 

SCHOLARLY JOURNAL

POPULAR MAGAZINE

Audience

Professionals, Professors, Graduate Students

Lay People, folks without a college degree in the subject

Indexing

Indexed in Wilson Indexes, or in subject-specific indexes like Biological Abstracts, Historical Abstracts, Art Index, etc. May be included in ProQuest/Periodical Abstracts.

Indexed in general-purpose indexes like Readers' Guide or ProQuest/Periodical Abstracts.

Language

Field-specific language/jargon, requires reader to be in touch with other research in the field.

Written in everyday language accessible to any generally knowledgeable reader.

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ARTICLE IN A SCHOLARLY JOURNAL?

Some Differences between the articles in Scholarly and Popular publications:
 

SCHOLARLY ARTICLES

POPULAR ARTICLES

Author

Author's credentials in the field are established (e.g., institutional affiliation, maybe degrees, etc.)

Authors may not have special qualifications for writing article; credentials are not given

Bibliography

Yes.

Probably not.

Research

Usually based on original research or new applications of others' research.

The author is usually a reporter; he or she will have done research for the article, but not "original" research the actual lab work, math, or theoretical analysis.

Google Scholar Search Box

You are able to search Google Scholar from this box. It is also available on the Article Databases tab (Marriott Library's home page) or on the Open Web. Be sure to set your Google Scholar Preferences so that you can directly link to full-text resources available at the Marriott Library.

  1. Go to Google Scholar at http://scholar.google.com/
  2. Clink on the Settings link in the upper right-hand corner
  3. On the left side click on Library Links section, and type Utah in the search box
  4. Put a check mark in the boxes that read:
    1. Open WorldCat - Library Search
  5. Click Save Preferences to save the settings
Library Links
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