Sunday, April 18th, 2021

Basic Research Terminology

Citation: A quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work.

Credibility: A researcher’s ability to demonstrate that the object of a study is accurately identified and described, based on the way in which the study was conducted.

Database: a collection of information that is organized and searchable. is a database of searchable products that you can purchase. The library’s databases organize free online library resources such as academic journals, books, and more.

Journal / journal article: a publication that comes out on a regular basic and contains scholarly research in the form of essays, articles, and reports. Journal articles can be found in databases.

“No Online Sources” When instructors say "No Online Sources" they are often referring to sources found through Google, Wikipedia, and other similar searches. Do not confuse these with library databases which are technically found online but provide excellent resources, such as scholarly and peer reviewed articles.

Peer review is the evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field. Peer reviewed articles can be found in databases .

Scholarly or academic: refers to articles or resources that have been written by experts (or scholars) for experts (or scholars) and have been peer reviewed. Scholarly and academic articles can be found in databases.

Scholarly articles are written by experts in their fields of study. They have advanced degrees and have studied several years before doing the research and writing the articles. The articles go through the peer-review process, which means other experts with similar education and experience have carefully looked over their research to make sure that it is credible. Using scholarly articles will make your research and papers better. Scholarly and academic articles can be found in databases.

Works Cited page: The works cited page is the last page of an essay or research paper. It provides the list of sources that were used in to write said essay or research paper and enough information for readers to access the sources cited, there.