Use our The Journal Locator to information about a journal, including whether it is peer-reviewed and the extent of our electronic holdings.
Once you decide on a topic, you must decide what types of sources will answer your question, and consequently, support the conclusion in your thesis statement.
Websites, just like other text documents or creative output, can be primary, secondary, or tertiary sources. While reading the chart below, think about how websites fit into all of the categories and descriptions.
Primary sources provide a a first-hand account of an event or person. They are created by witnesses or recording devices during the time period or event being researched.
|Secondary sources provide an interpretation, critque, evaluation, or conclusion based upon information from primary sources. They are created by scholars, editors, researchers, professionals, or journalists.||Tertiary sources provide a summary, overview, or inventory of secondary or primary sources.|
Many instructors require the use of scholarly articles in research papers. Scholarly articles are found in peer-reviewed, or refereed, journals. Such journals have editorial boards of experts who accept or reject articles for publication. Therefore, the articles are considered high quality and represent important research in a given field.
Articles from popular magazines or websites do not include the same level of research and are not reviewed in the same way. They often contain stories of interest to a wider audience, but still may be appropriate for certain types of music research, especially when discussing popular opinions or reception of creative works.
In addition to popular and scholarly sources, you will find trade journals (practical information for professionals) and journals of opinion (information expressing a given viewpoint).
For a full comparison, view this Periodical Comparison Chart