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Research & Writing

Guide to research Research & Writing for students for Professor Heck

Finding Sources for Your Research Assignment

Professor Heck requires you to have:

  • at least 20 scholarly articles related to your topic
    • A minimum of 5 sources will be due for each of 4 literature review assignments
    • do not use encyclopedia articles for sources
  • all‚Äč assignments must be typed using 12 point font, Times New Roman and formatted using the Turabian Manual of Style, 8th edition

 It's always wise to collect more than what you think you will need. This is especially true if you have to rely on interlibrary loan (borrowing from other libraries) and don't have the book or full text article to consult immediately.

The information on this guide will help you to discover different types of resources.  Please ask your instructor or one of our librarians for help if you have difficulty using the sources or you just don't know what else to try!  We'd be very happy to work with you to discover the sources you need!

Peer Reviewed & Scholarly Information

Peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly books are the ideal resources that you would use for this assignment.  Here are a few things to look for:

  • Books
    • Publisher, is it an academic/university press? Is it a well-known publisher of educational/scholarly titles?
      • Examples: Princeton Press, University of Kansas Press, Sage, Routlege, etc.
    • Recency or currency, does the publication date impact the information or topic?
  • Journals
    • Is it identified as a peer-reviewed journal?
      • Databases will tell you if it's peer-reviewed
      • Journal and article titles can help you decide, too
        • Journal of Quantitative Criminology--Yes, peer reviewed
        • Corrections Today--No, informed journalism
    • Is it an original research study?
      • You will find research articles in peer-reviewed journals
      • You will find research article summaries in periodicals and magazines
      • Clues within the text, look for information about study, population, research methods, results, etc.
    • Recency or currency, does the publication date impact the information or topic?
    • How long has the journal been in publication?