Selecting a peer-reviewed article for Blog Post #4

Blog Post #4 is just around the corner – but let’s shift the due date to 6th to give everyone who made need it some time! 

Blog Post #4: Summarize one of the peer-reviewed articles relating to your information community you’ve found. Briefly describe the author’s credentials,  the scope of the study, the methodology, and findings of the piece. What insights will inform the literature review section of the research paper?

As you put together your blog post, it is crucial to make sure the source you selected is a peer-reviewed source. Here’s a few tips for ensuring you are using a peer-reviewed source.

King Library also has a research guide for evaluating information that offers further resources for how to assess information sources.

Then follow the helper for Post #4:

Blog Post #4: Summarize one of the peer-reviewed articles relating to your information community you’ve found. Briefly describe the author’s credentials,  the scope of the study, the methodology, and findings of the piece. What insights will inform your literature review and research paper?

Choose a peer-reviewed article that focuses on your community’s information behaviors or practice. A “refereed” or “peer-reviewed” article has gone through an extensive editorial review process. The editors of refereed journals send submitted articles to one or more experts on the topic who evaluate the article’s scholarship and recommend whether it should be published or not. These so-called peer-reviewed articles are considered to be the most authoritative and scholarly because they have undergone this scrutiny.  If you need a refresher, Module 4 covered scholarly, peer-reviewed literature. Craft your post using the following template:

  • APA Citation
  • Summary of the article that includes author credentials, the scope of the study, the methodology used, and an overview of the findings. This might be one or two paragraphs.
  • Then, write a paragraph or two that explores how the article informs what you know about your chosen community. What connections do see to course readings?  What further insights has this article sparked? What might you include in your literature review or research paper to highlight this study?
  • References in APA format (as best as WP can do!)
  • Cite other course resources or your own research as needed.

12 thoughts on “Selecting a peer-reviewed article for Blog Post #4

  1. Angela B

    Hi @michael – quick question… I was checking out my authors’ credentials and I realized they’ve changed since the article was published. Article was published in 2008, and I’m not sure when they got their PhD’s, etc. Also is it more important to mention where they were teaching/working in 2008 or where they are currently? Maybe this is too nitpicky, but just wondering what you think.

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