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SOC 391: Research Methods

This guide can be used for both SOC 391 and FAS 361.

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Ways to Identify a Scholarly Article

  • Lengthy articles written by experts or scholars for an expert, academic audience (faculty, graduate students, researchers) in a particular field.
  • Articles have a serious appearance: text-oriented with few photographs but may include graphs and charts illustrating research results or otherwise supporting the text.
  • Employ a formal, scholarly or technical writing style utilizing a vocabulary that requires some degree of subject knowledge.
  • The author's expertise is usually given near the beginning or at the end of the article and an abstract is included.
  • Sources are credited in footnotes and/or a bibliography.
  • Often reviewed by an author's peers before publication.
  • Articles are based on original research and experimentation.

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