Scholarly journals have articles written by researchers who are considered experts in a field. These journals are also known as "peer-reviewed," "refereed" or "academic" journals. American School Board Journal is a scholarly journal.
Popular magazines have articles written by writers or journalists. Time and Newsweek are examples of popular journals.
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Creating a search strategy helps researchers in many ways:
These are the main steps in creating a search strategy:
1. Define your topic in a complete phrase or sentence.
What is global warming, what is its cause and how can we control it?
2. Circle the keywords in your sentence.
global warming, cause, control
3. Generate synonyms for the keywords listed in #2.
Cause: reason, basis, explanation, source, origin
Control: manage, cope with, deal with, organize, direct, oversee
4. List the requirements for your articles (do they need to be scholarly, current within a certain number of years, or have other requirements?).
This assignment requires that articles not be older than 5 years old, must be from peer-reviewed article, and each must be at least 3 pages long.
5. Try some searches!
If you are not using the FAU databases, you need to consider some questions when evaluating information from the Internet: