This page is for students in URBE 4496, Understanding Urban Communities. Use the resources on this guide to help with assignments that ask you to find and use sources. For help with research, please email your librarian or schedule an appointment.
Your Annotated Bibliography and Policy Intervention Research Paper ask that you identify and use credible sources as evidence to support your own ideas. In the library's databases, you will find credible sources such as peer-reviewed journal articles; however, sources you find online through Google may work for you as well. The idea is that you want to use sources that are based on existing research or theories. With any source, even those from library databases, you'll want to ask yourself:
Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about source types, we can divide these sources into broad categories such as scholarly and non-scholarly; however, you should evaluate all sources you find and think critically about why and how you are using them. Below are a few characteristics of each and things to consider when using them in your research.
|Scholarly (also referred to as "Research" or "Peer-Reviewed")||Non-Scholarly|
|purpose||Often informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. May also include sources with general information and established facts.||Informs a general audience. May or may not provide in-depth analysis.|
|authors||Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field.||Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff.|
|audience||Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, experts||Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists.|
|How do I use it?||
|How to identify it||Lengthy list of references to other sources, author credentials||May or may not have a list references (often shorter if included at all)|
If you have questions about what qualifies as "scholarly" or "credible," ask your instructor or a librarian.