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ENG 1000 Introduction to Academic Writing - Spring 2021

General research guide for ENG 1000

Credible Sources

Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Scholarly research articles have been through the peer-review process and are typically published in scholarly or trade journals. 

Books

  • Use the Table of Contents at the front of the book to browse chapter content and the Index at the end to look up specific terms
  • eBooks have an additional feature called "search within" that allows you to search the full text of the book

Websites 

  • Focus on websites that have .edu, .gov, and .org domains.
  • Look at the 'About' page on unfamiliar websites.  Find out who runs the website, their motivations and possible biases, and credibility of the author(s).
  • Limit your results by using the limiter site:.  Example below: This search will only return results for websites that end in .gov.

Screenshot of a Google search bar with the words "site:.edu United States Healthcare."

Scholarly Articles

Is it scholarly?

An article is typically considered scholarly if it has the following items:

  • Author names and credentials
    • The author(s) list their degrees and university or research affiliations.
  • Abstract
    • Summarizes the articles content.
  • Methods
    • Can also appear as Methodology, Research Methods, etc. This section describes the methods used by the authors to collect data.
  • Findings
    • Can also appear as Data Analysis, Analysis, Results, etc. This section analyzes the collected data.
  • Conclusion
    • A summary of the findings. 
  • Reference List

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