Solid research requires reputable sources! Here are a few tips to help you identify trustworthy sources for your research.
Popular Magazines typically report on current events with the purpose of entertaining a general audience. They may even include a summary of research for general interest. They usually contain pictures, advertisements and are written in everyday language.
Scholarly Journals report results of research. They are written for a specific audience, including researchers, scholars and students in a particular field of study. The authors are always named. The articles will cite other research, describe methodologies and are typically longer (5+ pages). They are also peer reviewed.
*Peer reviewed articles are those that have been reviewed and accepted for publication in a journal by a selected panel of recognized experts in the field of study covered by that journal.
TIP: The Student Resource Portal provides helpful tips on finding reputable, peer-reviewed articles: wku.edu/online/srp/lib-find-articles.php
Download the Quick Start Guide to Research at WKU Libraries. The guide contains helpful information on search techniques, scholarly articles and how to access research on specific topics.