How to recognize a academic paper.
Here are some tips that Clare gave us:
- If an article is peer reviewed then it is highly likely to state this
- Most journal articles are peer reviewed
- Academic journals usually have a affiliation and the contact details for the authors for the readers to be able to contact them regarding there research
- Academic papers have an abstract – a summary of the report which sums up the whole of the academic paper.
- If a paper doesn’t have a abstract or references then it is highly likely not to be an academic paper
How to find academic papers?
Google Scholar – allows you to filter search results that you would find in Google.
- You can access a free PDF of each article on Google Scholar on a link to the right of the title of each article on Google Scholar
- You can save each article by clicking ‘Save’
- You can generate a APA citation by clicking the ‘cite’ link under the article
NMIT databases – There are none specifically about IT
- ProQuest is business related and Information Systems and Information Technology can be considered under this banner concept
- Science direct
Steps to skim through an academic paper to determine if the paper is well written, credible and valid:
- Pay attention to the title – The title should be between 7-10 words it should be clear, but concise.
- Pay attention to the author – Find out who wrote/performed the research
- Pay attention to the abstract – What is the broad area of what the research is about, what the authors did, and what the papers conclusions are.
- Read the introduction – This should set out where it has going. Emphasis on where we are going.
- Read the conclusion – Set out what the paper was about, it should not contain any new information. Should cover where it has been.
- Check if the research ontology, epistemology, and research method are suitable: This will allow you to determine if the research is credible and valid.
Read through one of these two academic papers and write a critical review of the paper.
This weeks blog post is:
- Choose one of our two papers
- Read the paper
- Answer the following questions:
- Did the abstract tell you the three things I said it should? If not, what did it tell you? (NB If your paper doesn’t have an abstract, it is not an academic research paper!!! Go and find another one!)
- What seems to be the research question(s) they were trying to answer ?
- What method(s) did they use to answer the question(s)
- How credible do you think the paper is? (hint: look at who authors are and where and when it is published also compare what they were asking with what they did)
- Did you agree, or not, with what they wrote in their conclusion? Why?
- Briefly describe two things that you learnt from the paper.
In no more than 250 of your own words (i.e. a paraphrase), describe what the paper is about – you could start with “This paper describes……….”
I have clarified the number of hours I will need to do for my project I will be doing between 300-350 hours doing the development work for Catalyst and I will be writing up my project report, keeping my blog up to date over the course of 100 hours.
Clare thought it would be nice if I wrote up a project report and if there was a report from a member of my team at work, because I will setting a precedent of a remote work placement.