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SYP 4453: Global Social Change / Dr. Koppelman

How to Read an Academic Paper

Scholarly Journals vs. Popular Journals

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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Search Tips

  • Analyse your topic: identify the main ideas or concepts you need to research
  • Develop a list of search terms including keywords and phrases
  • Consider alternative spellings and different word endings
  • Use more specific words or add words using AND to narrow your search
  • Use synonyms, related terms, or combine words using OR to broaden your search
  • Exclude words from your catalog search results using NOT
  • Use the Advance keyword search to search a particular building location, date of publication, language or format.

Boolean Operators Venn Diagram

Creating a Search Strategy

Do you need some help with beginning your research? 

The research process is much easier if you follow a few simple steps. Do you need some help getting started on your research?

See the links below for printable examples and for more information. 

Need help finding synonyms? Check http://thesaurus.com