Scholarship is an extended conversation between researchers, and the scholarly literature in each discipline tells the story of of the inquiry that fuels the conversation.
Peer-reviewed journal articles are the main mechanism researchers use to communicate original research and new ideas. While in the sciences, peer-reviewed journal articles featuring original research are primary sources, in the social science s and humanities peer-reviewed journal articles still contribute to the scholarly conversation.
Before publication, research articles usually go through the peer review process. Peer review starts the conversation of scholarship! To find out how, watch this video from the NCSU Library:
Instead of worrying about whether a source is peer-reviewed or not, it is best to check the Ulrich's Periodical Directory, or UlrichsWeb. The process is described in this Ulrichsweb Guide.
The video below can also help you to learn how to use Ulrichsweb:
Here is what you will type into our Catalogue Search box to find Ulrichsweb:
Reviewing the literature for your assignment is the first step in participating in the conversation of scholarship. This video from the NCSU Libraries tells you how you add to the story by carrying out a thoughtful review of the literature:
While there have been acknowledged abuses and failures of peer review, many researchers still believe it is the best (if flawed) process we have. Take a look at these reflections on peer review as a research tool from scientists and information professionals interviewed during Peer Review Week 2019:
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NCSU Libraries. (2014). Literature reviews: An overview for graduate students. Retrieved from: http://youtu.be/t2d7y_r65HU
NCSU Libraries. (2014). Peer review in 3 minutes. Retrieved from: http://youtu.be/rOCQZ7QnoN0