Articles for business & academic insight
This post contains the lecture notes I will be using in an honors level undergraduate class. Remember, the library offers a Business Research Portal.
1. Is there information on the Internet?
- Lecture; 10 minutes
- Synthesis: Information (or more precisely: facts, opinions and data) is contained in documents. Documents may be posted on the Internet or published in electronic or print venues accessible through subscriptions or other forms of payment. A successful search for information implies thinking about (1) the motivations of those creating documents (e.g.: the goal) and their (2) expectations about posting on the internet or publishing in paid-for venues (e.g.: the source).
2. Compare articles
- Activity; 10 minutes; Compare articles from various sources: blog, magazine, trade journal, Wikipedia, subject encyclopedia and scholarly journal
Paper copies: magazines and scholarly journals
Wikipedia (Entry for International business) vs. International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (entry for International Business)
Blog (The benefits of online gambling) vs. Research Article (Video Lottery is the Most Harmful Form of Gambling in Canada)
- Focus: distinction between free or invisible (library) web
- Synthesis: all articles are not created for the same audiences. Academic or peer-reviewed articles are the standard way to publish research results. University students are groomed to craft academic articles through writing papers as part of the requirements for their classes
3. Academic articles: structure and editorial process of scholarly communication
- Lecture; 10 minutes
- Synthesis: Structure & Editorial process of scholarly communication.
- Structure of an academic article: research questions; conceptual framework; hypothesis/objectives and method; data & analysis; conclusion (very similar to an academic paper)
- Process: peer review
4. Tools & strategies
- Activity: 20 minutes
- Transforming concepts to keywords for database searching
- Compare Google Scholar and a library article database
- Working from a known item – read the bibliography and explore related articles. Locate the article in a database and obtain keywords
- Data sources on the Internet – be mindful of secrets
Annotated bibliography: 5 minutes
Academic paper: 5 minutes
6. Questions and discussion
From the Library
This is a list of existing pages or resources on the library website about articles.
Business Research Portal: list of Articles databases
Library Research Skills Tutorial: Finding articles
How to identify scholarly, academic or peer-reviewed articles (pptx, 2.6 mb)
How to cite: APA style
Ask-A-Librarian (Email, Chat, In person, phone)