Q. I used the database limit option to retrieve scholarly articles. I am told what I selected are not acceptable for my research paper. Why?


Retrieving scholarly articles from databases requires a 2-step process.

Say you want to buy a car. You go to selected dealers who have the cars you like. Upon going there, you don't just drive away with any car: you spend time checking to see if the car has all the features you need. So, buying a car is a 2-step process. Retrieving quality articles is not very different from this process.

  • First step is to use the limit options in order to filter your results to quality resources.
  • Second Step is to check if the contents meet the "quality" criteria:
    • long article with structured sections
    • abstract as well as results
    • in-text citations shown appropriately
    • contains a bibliography
    • contains statistical data, and/or graphs and charts
    • shows author affiliation and contact information
    • no images or photographs, except when relevant to the study
    • indicates the number of times the article has been cited (used) by other scholars

NOTE: Book reviews, letters to the editor, editorials and similar articles are NOT acceptable materials for academic research papers, even when obtained from scholarly/peer-reviewed publications.

This is a link to a useful visual of a scholarly article. 

  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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