The term sources refers to the nature, type, and scope of information need for different types of research.
Different sourcesare needed for different research purposes (databases are linked below)
Background Research articles are found in reference sources such as Credo Reference Database
Focused Research articles such as peer-reviewed articles from academic journals are found in scholarly sources such as the databases Academic Search Premier or Academic OneFile.
Example Topic - Stress
Reference sources will provide general information about "stress" and provide an overview of symptoms and causes
Academic or scholarly sources will provide very specific information about some aspect of stress, for example, "exhaustion disorder"
Background Research - Credo Reference Database
Choose the Right Source
Notice the title of the article and the name of the book it comes from:
As you scroll through the list of results, be mindful of the context for an article.
NOPE! NOTICE THE KEY CONCEPTS (WRONG CONTEXT)
Notice the Key concepts list beneath the description of the article. The example below shows an article about stress in a linguistic context, not the physiological or psychological contextyou need for this assignment.
YES! NOTICE THE KEY CONCEPTS (RIGHT CONTEXT)
Notice the Key concepts list beneath the description of the article. Click the title of the article to open it.
Reading for Research
While you are reading, think about the questions below Print a copy of the article and highlight or jot down your findings.
WHAT? - definitions, ideas/concepts, meanings, research studies
Databases provide Citation Tools you can use to copy and paste directly into your paper. Be sure to choose the approrpiate citation style from the options menu.
BE AWARE! Sometimes databases get the capitalization wrong. ALL CAPS for the Author or Title is INCORRECT. Make the correction (Cooper, Catherine) before you turn in your assignment.
If you are not sure if a database citation is correct, double-check it with a citation guide. Links to Western Citation LibGuides are listed below. Be sure to choose the guide that matches the format you have been assigned.
Your. instructor will tell you which citation style they expect to see for the assignment. If,not, use the citation style that matches the field of study.
The citation example below is APA 7 which is the format used in the field of psychology.
Use this database to understand basic concepts taught in your courses. It's also a great database for the first step in your research process. It contains short articles from encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks and other reference sources on a wide range of subjects. Get started on your assignment or research project by learning about key people, places, dates, events, concepts, and ideas related to your topic.