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EC Thesis: Academic Sources

Examination of methods of analysis commonly used in economics and business. Emphasis on non-experimental and quasi-experimental designs necessitating the use of models. and large sample methods, case studies, surveys, regression and forecasting.

Scholarly v. Popular

Video produced by Wayne State University Libraries.

A Quick Guide to Evaluating Periodical Articles

 These criteria apply to all periodicals (online or print).

   Articles have:

 Popular Magazines
 on the other hand:


  • Bibliography, footnotes, or endnotes.
    - evidence of research conducted
  • Written by expert(s) in the field.
    provides author’s credentials
  • Published by Associations, Research Institutes, University Presses.
  • “Peer reviewed.”
    -  the policy of experts examining article before acceptance for publication
  • Written in the jargon of the field
     - for scholarly readers (professors, researchers or students.)
  • Illustrations that support the text
     - such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs
  • No footnotes or references.
  • Written by journalists who are usually not experts in the field.
  • Easy to read. Intended for lay audience. Informative and entertaining.
  • Short articles.
  • Many advertisements throughout the magazine.
  • Glossy, slick. Illustrated with graphics and photos.
  • Unsigned articles


What about other materials?

Like critreia for evaluating periodicals, these are important criteria for internet pages and databases too.

Citation Searching

Web of Science contains scholarly citation Indexes:

  • Science (1900-present)
  • Social Sciences (1900-present)
  • Arts & Humanities (1975-present)

Find influential articles and track citation usage.
Find what newer articles have used the original it since it was published.

Recommended for advanced users.

A Citation Map with forward and backward views. Source: Web of Science (Thomson Reuters)


  - note the "Cited by" links


Leverage Footnotes and Bibliographies

Footnotes and bibliographies

     ... are a quick way to find related materials and track authors.


Two components:

1. what was cited in the orginal article
2. find out who has cited an article since it was published