Academic libraries & librariansArticles, journals, &databasesReading and evaluating a scientific paperScholarly communicationOpen accessSearch strategiesFinding an article
LibrariansWhat do they do?
Support faculty and students with research needsDesign programsInstruction SessionsSubjectspecialistsCurate print and digital resources, including technologyResearch
Dilbert: Scott Adams February19, 1990
Public and Academic Libraries
Scholarly or Popular Articles
Anatomy of a Scholarly Article
TitleAbstractKeywords (sometimes)MAIN (IMRD)IntroductionMethodsResultsDiscussionConclusionAcknowledgements (sometimes)References
Reading A Scientific Paper
“The systemthrough which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electroniclistservs(ACRL, 2003).”
The Price of Research
Free, immediate, permanent online access to the full text of peer-reviewed literature for anyone on the internet.OpenAccess Journals inEngineeringCase Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis, Case Studies in Structural Engineering, Development Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Science and Technology: An International Journal, Fuzzy Information and Engineering, HBRC Journal, International Journal of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering and more
“concern was registered overthe authorpays model in terms of cost to authors, the economics of thesystem, possibleconflicts of interest, and journals expanding article acceptancesto make money (Mischo, 2011).”
Gold & Green Publishing
“criticized on the grounds of lack of peer review, the lack of need due to the existence of robust subject repositories, copyright concerns, and the piecemeal nature of localIrs(Mischo, 2011).”
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Citing your sources are important because it distinguishes your thoughts and analysis from the thoughts of others.
Plagiarism:Using someone else’s idea(s) without giving them credit.
A concise annotation that summarizes the central theme and scope of the book or article
What to include:Author’s background or authorityDescription of the work’s format and contentIntended AudienceValue or significance of the workPossible shortcomings or biasCompare or contrast work with another you have citedExplanation of how this piece adds to your topic
Helps you think critically about the content of the workShows that you read and understood your sourceProvides validity to your researchShows where your study fits into current researchShows others helpful resourcesCan help researchers determine whether they are interested in the topic
Mischo, W. H., &Schlembach, M. C. (2011). Open access issues and engineering faculty attitudes and practices.Journal of Library Administration, 51(5-6), 432-454.