Primary vs. Secondary Sources

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Written by: Hui-Yu Hsiung When writing a research paper, you will need to consult a variety of sources of information. For some research papers, you may be required to use primary sources. What are primary sources? Sources of information are often categorized as primary and secondary sources based on their originality. Primary sources refer to… Read more »

Using Subject Terms for Research

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Written By: Emily Cornell At the beginning of your research, you may simply have a subject. You’re writing a paper on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley or sustainable tourism—but you’re not sure what’s exactly out there in terms of information resources. Besides utilizing keyword searching, executing a subject term search can help you locate all the resources… Read more »

RefWorks

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Written by: Janelle Foster Mastering the art of proper citation is a fundamental skill in scholarly writing. Ensuring your citations are correct can be a time-consuming, tedious, and laborious task. RefWorks can make your [research paper writing] life easier! RefWorks is an online research management tool that allows you to export all your reference citations… Read more »

Is It Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed?

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Written by: Hui-Yu Hsiung For most academic research papers, professors will require you to use scholarly, peer-reviewed articles as resources. What is a scholarly, peer-reviewed article? A scholarly, peer-reviewed article is a type of article that is published in a scholarly journal. It is written in academic language by scholars or experts in a specific… Read more »
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