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Understanding Scholarly/Academic Research

Learn about research formats & methodology, credibility & relevance, peer-review & scholarly as well as impact metrics when choosing research content

Scholarly research articles or journals share these characteristics: 

  • scholarly works are considered unbiased within their discipline and are backed up with evidence
  • are published in academic, scholarly, scientific or empirical journals
  • reports on original research  in a specific academic fields
  • results are generalizable across populations
  • use a research methodology that is replicable
  • their authors are most often experts in the field and have their credentials listed

The structure of a scholarly article includes:

  • a hypothesis: a proposed question
  • a methods section
  • conclusions
  • suggestions for further research
  • a citation reference list

 

All content in the library is credible, but not all of it is scholarly

These content formats are NOT scholarly

editorials or book reviews popular journals (e.g. non-expert author)
expert opinion articles quality improvement research (QI)
trade or professional journal articles (e.g. applied science for the general public or professionals) case studies that inform
site specific research (e.g. hospital based) case studies resulting from evidence based practice or research
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