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BIO 150: Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology: Classifying Periodicals & Resources

Research Assignment

Types of Periodicals

Scholarly Journals, magazines, newspapers, and trade publications: what's the difference?

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POPULAR SOURCES: Popular sources contain articles on topics of popular interest written in a non-scholarly style, while journals contain articles of original research and commentary including footnotes and works cited. Avoid citing popular magazine articles in your work. If a magazine article contains compelling information, look for references in the article and then locate that reference source for use in your assignment.

TRADE PUBLICATIONS: Trade journals are aimed at readers who operate within a specific industry. Some journals are accessable online for free, and others require a subscription. The EKS Library provides access to databases that contain articles from an array of trade publicaitons.

SCHOLARLY JOURNALS: are peer-reviewed or refereed journals. Prior to publication, articles undergo a critical review process by experts / referees on the subject who evaluate the quality of the research. 

You are NOT looking for Review Articles.....These articles talk about OTHER articles. You want articles with the 7 headings of the scientific method mentioned below!


Identifying a Primary (Original Research) Source - The 7 Headings of the Scientific Method

Articles containing original research are fairly easy to spot. Look for the following segments in an article. The segments should be clearly labeled with headings.

I. Abstract

   An complete overview of the article often includes summarized findings and brief methodological notes.

II. Introduction

   Contains background information about the topic of study and should contain a clearly stated research question/goal.

III. Materials

   This segment should provide a list of all the materials used and the methodology behind executing the experiment.

IV. Methods

   A good article should provide stepts detailed enough that another researcher can successfuly duplicate the experiment.

V. Results

   The results of the experiment should appear here. There should be raw data.

VI. Discussion

   The raw data is then analyzed and conclusions are drawn from the data and a conclusion is reached.

VII. References

   The author has included citations for all of the sources they reference in their text.

Research v. Review Article

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