Searching for an academic paper

For this weeks blog post Clare asked us to find 2 academic papers on IT and to explain why they have the features which identify an academic paper. These features, defined in this weeks notes are:

  • the title
  • the authors (usually with an email address and affiliation)
  • the abstract
  • the introduction
  • a review of other papers relevant to the topic ( a literature review)
  • a description of what the research was and what the researchers did
  • the results of what they did
  • a discussion about what the results mean
  • a conclusion
  • a list of references

Thinking about the sources I found for last weeks research journal entry I came to the conclusion that there is one that could potentially be considered academic paper, so I will start this entry by analyzing this publication to see if it is an academic paper.

System Virtualization  tools for Software Development

Title and author(s) of the article: ‘System Virtualization tools for Software Development’ by Juan C. Duenas (jcduenas@dit.upm.es), Jose L. Ruiz (jlrreveulta@indra.es and works as Senior Consultant), Feliz Cuadrado (fcuadrado@dit.upm.es), Boni Garcia (bgarcia@dit.upm.es), Hugo A. Parada (hparada@dit.upm.es). Note: All these authors except Jose L. Ruiz were specified as affiliated with the Department of Telematics Engineering at Universidad Politenica de Madrid

APA reference: Duenas, J. C., Ruiz, J. L., Cuadrado, F., Garcia, B., & Hugo, P. G.,. (2009). System virtualization tools for software development. IEEE Internet Computing, 13(5), 52-59. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MIC.2009.115

how you found the article and what keywords you used: I used the NMIT provided ProQuest research database and searched with the keyword ‘Virtualization’

What kind of article it is: Journal paper in the IEEE Internet Computing journal in September 2009.

All the reasons that you think it is an academic article:

  • This is a peer reviewed text that was printed in the IEEE Internet Computing journal which is a scientific journal.
  • It is 9 pages long (so it is an appropriate academic paper length)
  • It is cited by two other sources.
  • It has the academic journal structure
  • All of the authors are credible as they are either senior technology consultants or affiliated with the Department of Telematics Engineering at Universidad Politenica de Madrid.

How well it fits the ‘structure of an academic article’:

 

  • the title: System Virtualization tools for Software Development
  • the authors (usually with an email address and affiliation): Juan C. Duenas (jcduenas@dit.upm.es), Jose L. Ruiz (jlrreveulta@indra.es and works as Senior Consultant), Feliz Cuadrado (fcuadrado@dit.upm.es), Boni Garcia (bgarcia@dit.upm.es), Hugo A. Parada (hparada@dit.upm.es). Note: All these authors except Jose L. Ruiz were specified as affiliated with the Department of Telematics Engineering at Universidad Politenica de Madrid
  • the abstract – Yes
  • the introduction – No
  • a review of other papers relevant to the topic ( a literature review) – There is no literature review section. However it is specified that the Virtualization system design they built was based on the model and technologies in two other sources.
  • a description of what the research was and what the researchers did -Yes. The use of use-case analysis was specified.
  • the results of what they did –  Yes the use cases identified with use case analysis were specified.
  • a discussion about what the results mean – Yes this was included, in addition to further work planned to continue the research
  • a conclusion – No
  • a list of references – Yes, cites 12 other sources

 

How many references it has: 12

How many citations it has: 2 other sources cite it

url of the article: http://llcp.nmit.ac.nz:2345/docview/197325712/abstract/49593612B92B4719PQ/1?accountid=40261

Are you interested in properly reading the article or not: Yes I would be interested in reading this paper in depth because it is tying into the concept of DevOps which I have researched for several previous research journal entries.

How does it tie in with DevOps well this research papers goal was to design a generic virtualization framework solution to help make the environment that developers work in as similar as possible to the production environment reducing time wasted trying to get software ready for deployment. This is also what DevOps aims to achieve; to reduce the differences between the development and production environments.

Now for the two academic papers we need to find for this week:

Early user involvement in the development of information technology-related products for older people

Title and author(s) of the article:
Early user involvement in the development of information technology-related products for older people by R Eisma, A Dickinson, J Goodman, A Sye and L Tiwari

 

APA reference:
Eisma, R., Dickinson, A., Goodman, J., Syme, A., Tiwari, L., & Newell, A. F. (2004). Early user involvement in the development of information technology-related products for older people. Universal Access in the Information Society, 3(2), 131. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10209-004-0092-z

 

How you found the article and what keywords you used: I found it on the ProQuest research database by searching with the keywords ‘user experience for older people’

 

What kind of article it is: It is a peer reviewed academic paper in the quarterly ‘Universal Access in the Information Society’ journal.

 

All the reasons that you think it is an academic article:

  • Peer reviewed which means at least two other academics have considered it to be useful as it adds credible information to the knowledge pool on user experience with older people
  • 11 pages so it is an appropriate length to be considered an academic paper and not a book
  • Contains references and abstract
  • Structured in typical academic paper style (see below)

 

how well it fits the ‘structure of an academic article’:

  • the title: Early user involvement in the development of information technology-related products for older people
  • the authors (usually with an email address and affiliation): R Eisma, A Dickison, J Goodman, A Syme, and L Tiwari
  • the abstract – Yes
  • the introduction – Yes
  • a review of other papers relevant to the topic ( a literature review) – There is no literature review section. However other studies are cited, specifically this paper states its findings match those of another study “Older citizens (50+) and European markets for ICT products and Services”
  • a description of what the research was and what the researchers did – Yes. The qualitative research methods of questionnaires, focus groups, workshops, and interviews
  • the results of what they did –  Yes, the use of statistics to quantify the qualitative results were only used in 3 locations however examples and general sum-up statements about the findings of the interviews for example were used frequently.
  • a discussion about what the results mean – Yes.
  • a conclusion – Yes
  • a list of references – Yes, cites 39 other sources

 

How many references it has: 39 references

 

How many citations it has: It is cited by by 66

 

url of the article: http://llcp.nmit.ac.nz:2345/docview/201544055/B5F4F4DECC9C4410PQ/5?accountid=40261

 

Are you interested in properly reading the article or not: Yes I am, the topic of making technology more accessible to older people is of particular interest to me (which is why the third research journal entry I wrote was on user experience) the reason for this is I have older parents and I often end up helping them to understand un-intuitive applications which has made it very clear to me how poorly most websites and applications are designed for people that are not using technology on a frequent basis.

 

The Next Generation Library Catalog: A Comparative Study of the OPACs of Koha, Evergreen, and Voyager

Title and author(s) of the article: ‘The Next Generation Library Catalog: A Comparative Study of OPACs of Koha, Evergreen and Voyager by Sharon Q. Yang, and Melissa A. Hofmann

APA reference:  Yang, S. Q., & Hofmann, M. A. (2010). The next generation library catalog: A comparative study of the OPACs of koha, evergreen, and voyager. Information Technology and Libraries, 29(3), 141-150. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/746170319?accountid=40261

how you found the article and what keywords you used: I used ProQuest research database searching with the search term ‘Koha open source’

What kind of article it is: Journal paper in  the Information Technology and Libraries quarterly journal

All the reasons that you think it is an academic article:

  • Peer reviewed article
  • Structured as an academic paper with abstract, introduction, literature, references

how well it fits the ‘structure of an academic article’:

  • the title: The Next Generation Library Catalog: A Comparative Study of OPACs of Koha, Evergreen and Voyager
  • the authors (usually with an email address and affiliation): Sharon Q. Yang, and Melissa A Hofman (no email addresses specified)
  • the abstract: yes
  • the introduction: yes (not titled)
  • a review of other papers relevant to the topic: Literature review
  • a description of what the research was and what the researchers did: Yes. The features being compared in a qualitative comparative study of three Integrated Library Management Systems (ILMS) which are Koha, Evergreen, and Voyager, are discussed.
  • the results of what they did: The comparing of the three ILMS’s is included in the paper, along with screenshots.
  • a discussion about what the results mean: Yes, including the statement that the Koha ILMS meets the highest number of criteria in the study.
  • a conclusion: Yes
  • a list of references: Yes this contained 23 references

how many references it has: 23

how many citations it has: Cited by 14 other sources

url of the article: http://llcp.nmit.ac.nz:2345/docview/746170319/A0E73CDCDB4D4F90PQ/23?accountid=40261

Are you interested in properly reading the article or not (and give some reasons!): This paper outlines the vision for a ‘next generation library catalog’ and compares three major extant ILMS’s against this ideal to see how far we are away from it. This library catalog is the OPAC interface, which is the interface that users interact with in physical libraries or the catalog area of library websites.

The reason I am interested to read this paper is I work on Koha and so I am very interested to see how Koha compares to another open-source ILMS (Evergreen) and a proprietary competitor (Voyager). The downside to this article is because of its age a lot of the findings are out of date; it is investigating Koha 3.0 and Koha 17.05 is about to be released next month.