Sometimes you'll hear terms like "scholarly," "academic," "peer-reviewed," "refereed," "empirical study" or "research" used interchangeably to describe a type of journal or journal article. They're related but not necessarily the same. Here's a quick lowdown:
McIntyre Library/University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Sample topic: Does having a parent in prison affect the mental health of the children? Possible keywords to search starting out: incarcerated parent(s) children, parents in prision,
1. Try an example search: children incarcerated parent
2. When you are looking for background/history on a broad topic. Under FORMAT, limit to BOOKS.
3. When you are exploring current research. Under FORMAT, limit to ARTICLES- Peer-Reviewed
3. Browse the list of results to find most relevant titles. Open #3 "Teachers Experiences With....."
5. Note: Interlibrary Loan
6. Open #6 "Children of Incarcerated Mothers..." Is this an empirical article? How can you tell?
7. Add the word "study" to the example search terms and limit results to ARTICLES- Peer-Reviewed.
8. Open #6 "Violence Exposure Among Children....... Is this an empirical article?