If you have answered "yes" to these five questions you have probably located a scientific article.
Research articles are also often known as scientific or peer reviewed articles. If the article is NOT written by the person or group who did the research, it is NOT a peer-reviewed or scientific article. Research articles are important for knowing what new discoveries have been made. This is why it is important to use recent articles, since they will be the first things published on a new scientific development.
Here's a quick overview of how to identify these journal articles:
written by the scientist(s) who actually did the research
follows a specific format
materials & methods
assumes reader already knows background information about the topic has been evaluated by experts (peer-reviewed)
Tip: Look for a statement about when the article was accepted for publication. Most peer-reviewed articles will include one.
A free research tool that searches across many disciplines and sources. Use the PDF or "FullText@DelVal" links to access full-text articles.
Link Google Scholar to the Library's resources using the directions below!
1. Go to scholar.google.com
2. Select “Settings” from the top menu.
3. Select “Library Links” from the sidebar
4. Search “Delaware Valley University”
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