Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017     Views: 14

The terms your instructor is using describes a certain type of scholarly research. It tends to be more common in the sciences and social sciences. First let's break down the terms:

  • Literature Review
    When articles are published on this type of research, they frequently include a literature review near the beginning of the article. A literature review discusses the findings of research on the same or related subject. In other words, what is known so far on this subject.
  • Methodology
    That leads into what the author or authors want to find out about the subject and how they are going to to do it, which would the their methods or methodology.
  • Results
    The results, of course are what they found out based on their research.

Next, where to find them. The best place to find academic, scholarly or peer reviewed articles is in Academic Search Complete and ProQuest Research Library. Both of these databases cover multiple topics and results can be limited to scholarly journals. You wan to further limit to just those scholarly articles that include literature review, methods, results and so on. Here's how:

Academic Search Complete

  1. Perform a search on your topic and add one of the terms above. Methodology may be the best to use as it is less likely to apply to other situations than scholarly research.
    Example: "distance education students" AND methodology
  2. Select Search Options from the Limit your results column, Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals box.
  3. All your results will now be from scholarly/peer reviewed journals.
  4. These steps will also work in most EBSCO databases, but Academic Search Complete has the most scholarly journals on the most subjects.

ProQuest Research Library

  1. Perform a search on your topic and add one of the terms above. Methodology may be the best to use as it is less likely to apply to other situations than scholarly research.
    Example: "distance education students" AND methodology
  2. All your results will now be from scholarly journals.
  3. If you also want the article's to be peer reviewed, click on the Peer reviewed menu above Source type and select Peer reviewed.

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