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KNH 2410 - Introduction to Kinesiology and Health: Home

Librarian-recommended resources to help you with your professional journal article summary and your professional issue paper and presentation.

Recommended Starting Point: Brief Videos about how to approach the search process

What is Peer Review? - Peer Review in 3 Minutes

This brief (but excellent) video from North Carolina State University explains what peer review is and why it is important.

Find Professional Articles: Identify article search engines (databases) for your field of study

Locating the relevant subject research guide(s) for your major field of study will:

1) Show you the best library resources (including article search engines or databases) for your profession.

2) Identify your discipline's subject librarian and provide their contact information.  Your subject librarian can help you whenever you need advice about how to access appropriate information intended for professionals in your field. 

If your program of study is within the College of Education, Health, and Human Services, you can choose from among these databases to find professional journal articles that address topics in your field. 

Determining if a journal is peer-reviewed

Many (but not all) scholarly journals have a peer review process.  Often, library databases will have a "scholarly/peer-reviewed" check box that will allow you to limit your results to peer-reviewed journals.  If they do not, the journal (publisher) web site usually describes the journal as either peer-reviewed or refereed in its "About" or "Instructions to Authors" section. If you still aren't sure if the journal is considered to be peer-reviewed, ask a librarian.

Note: Even if a journal site indicates it is peer-reviewed or you know the journal or publisher is well established, you should still evaluate the content of the individual article for credibility. Some journals have questionable publishing practices, but sometimes, even well-established journals publish unreliable articles.

You don't have to be an expert in the field to perform some basic evaluation, but you may have to do a quick internet search to learn more about the authors and their affiliations. Some questions that help with basic evaluation are:

  • Have the authors published other scholarly work on this topic (or related topics) or are they generally accepted as being experts on the topic?
  • What are the authors affiliations? Are they transparent about any potential conflicts of interest (motives) they or their sponsors may have in presenting the information?
  • Is the writing coherent?  Does it follow a logical pattern?
  • Do the arguments and/or findings seem to make sense based on what you are learning about the topic from other sources?

For more tips on how to evaluate potential sources, take a look at some of the other links on this guide.

 

How to Read Scholarly Articles

Professional Issue Paper and Presentation - Choosing a Topic and Finding Sources

PROFESSIONAL ISSUE PAPER AND PRESENTATION - Evaluating Your Sources

Before you rely on ANY type of information (websites, media, books, articles), you should evaluate whether the source is credible. The checklists are different approaches to the same process and this is not an exhaustive list.  Other approaches and checklists are available.  Use the approach(es) that work best for you, but be sure to evaluate!!

How to Avoid Plagiarism

APA Style

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