Academic paper analysis tips

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
  • ERIC

Steps to skim through an academic paper to determine if the paper is well written, credible and valid:

  1. Pay attention to the title – The title should be between 7-10 words it should be clear, but concise.
  2. Pay attention to the author – Find out who wrote/performed the research
  3. 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.
  4. Read the introduction – This should set out where it has going. Emphasis on where we are going.
  5. Read the conclusion – Set out what the paper was about, it should not contain any new information. Should cover where it has been.
  6. Check if the research ontology, epistemology, and research method are suitable: This will allow you to determine if the research is credible and valid.


Assignment 2

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:
      1. 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!)
      2. What seems to be the research question(s) they were trying to answer ?
      3. What  method(s) did they use to answer the question(s)
      4. 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)
      5. Did you agree, or not, with what they wrote in their conclusion? Why?
      6. 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……….”



Project 2017

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.


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