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Welcome to Research Guides with Helpful Hints

These guides are intended to introduce Carrollton's English students to available resources and to help guide you through the research process with examples and suggestions, -  to help get you started. 

Here you will find what we consider to be the core reference materials, including information about what they are, where to find them, and how to use them. 

  1. Remember, this list is not exhaustive:.
  2. Included are detailed instructions for MLA, and discipline specific databases - such as :  Literature Resource Center, and Literature Criticism Online.
  3. Remember, when you are looking for print books -  search the library's online catalog for print items on the shelf,

Finding Journal Articles

Teachers often want students to locate and read scholarly, academic, peer reviewed, evidence-based journal articles.  But, how do you know if you have such an article?  The article below will demystify this process for you.  It is all about what you need to know and what you need to look for.

The good news is that once you know what to look for, finding good scholarly articles is not hard.

The bad news is that the computer cannot do it all for you.  Databases can do a "first sort" of the articles, but you must look at each article to see if it is truly a research study that has been through the peer review process.

How Do I Decide if a Source is Scholarly?


What is a Scholarly Journal?
Has your teacher asked you to use articles from "scholarly journals" in your assignment? How do you know if a journal or magazine is scholarly?
Scholarly journals:
  • Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars
  • Use the language of the discipline
  • Are often refereed or peer reviewed by specialists before being accepted for publication
  • Include full citations for sources
  • Book reviews or editorials are not considered scholarly articles, even when found in scholarly journals
Popular magazines:
  • Are written by journalists or professional writers for a general audience
  • Use non-technical language
  • Are not reviewed by other specialists before being accepted for publication
  • Rarely give full citations for sources
AUDIENCE Scholarly readers (professors, researchers, students)familiar with the language of the field General population with non-technical background
PURPOSE To make original research available to the scholarly world To provide general information that is either informative or entertaining
AUTHOR Experts in the field with their credentials identified Staff or free-lance writers; occasionally scholarly writers
SOURCES Bibliography of cited sources documenting the research No bibliography; names of reports or references may be mentioned in the text
PUBLICATION CRITERIA Peer-reviewed or Refereed No specific criteria
FORMAT Generally follows a structure including abstract, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography No specific format or structure
APPEARANCE Usually the same for all articles, minimal advertising, little or no color, graphics used to support text. Varied formats, lots of advertising, lots of glossy color; graphics used to enhance articles.

Subject Guide : English

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