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ASK YOURSELF: Who, What, When, Where & Why?
Information is not just text on a page. Sources of information are described/categorized in a number of ways. See the boxes below.
Types of Publications:
- Trade Journals/Practitioner Journals
- Academic Scholarly Journals
- Academic Scholarly Peer reviewed Journals (Refereed).
- Chapter of book
- Working Paper/White paper
For serial publications (i.e. Newspapers, Magazines & Journals), use Ulrich's or Cabell's (see below) to determine the quality of the publication you are looking at.
Refereed, Acceptance Rate & Impact Factor
Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory
Ulrichsweb is source of detailed information on more than 900 subject areas in 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more. Ulrich's records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage, and reviews written by librarians.
Cabell's Directories is a source of information about journals including accounting titles. Cabell's provides authors and researchers with contact information, submission guidelines, readership, manuscript styles, acceptance rates, and review types. Search indexes include topic area and acceptance rate.
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Journal Citation Reports (JCR) provides ISI Impact factors and rankings for journals indexed in the JCR Science and Social Sciences Editions from 1997 to the present. Users with individual accounts need to search at least once every six months to keep the account active. JCR: Journal Profile Quick Tour
(5 minute video).
Document Type (Type of Article)
Types of articles:
- Literature Review
- Original Research/Research Study.
- Business Case
- Case Study
- Conference Paper/Proceeding
- Feature Article
- Government & Official Document
- Industry Report
- Letter To The Editor
- Standards & Practice Guidelines
- Working Paper/Pre-print
For assistance identifying a research study, please take a look at Anatomy of a Research Study. This online tutorial will provide you with an overview of the most common elements found in most scholarly research studies.
For assistance identifying a literature review, please take a look at the Bentley Library's How do I write a Literature Review? FAQ response.
Determining Quality: Ask questions!
- Is the author identified?
- What are the author's credentials? Education? Work experience?
- Has the author written other sources about this topic? (body of work)
- Does the article cite credible sources in the bibliography?
- Is the article cited in any other articles?
- How current is the article?
- Who is the publisher? (for example: academic organization/association, research institute, university, scholarly or popular press)