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Common terms/definitions

Scholarly - The article was written by an expert for an audience of other experts, researchers or students. 

Peer Review - Before it can be published, a peer reviewed article has been carefully reviewed by a board of other scholars in the same field of study as the author. 

Primary Source -  Immediate, first-hand accounts of a topic, from people who had a direct connection with it. 

Secondary Source - Interpretations and evaluations of primary sources, often a commentary on and discussion of evidence. Secondary sources use books, articles, etc. (and primary sources) as their source.

Meta-analysis - A quantitative, formal, epidemiological study design used to systematically assess the results of previous research to make conclusions about that body of research.

Methodology - Usually this is towards the beginning of the article or book and describes the specific procedures or techniques used to identify, select, process, and analyze information about a topic. In a research paper, the methodology section allows the reader to critically evaluate a study's overall validity and reliability.

Literature Review - A survey of scholarly sources (such as books, journal articles, and theses) related to a specific topic or research question. Like the methodology, this is usually towards the beginning of a source to provide context in a particular field. 

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2021 3:52 PM