Journal articles will probably be one of the most important information sources that you will use when doing research for classes at TU. The most recent research in almost every discipline is published in journals. Such articles are regarded as being very trustworthy and authoritative, not only because they are usually written by the researchers themselves, but also because they go through a process called peer review.
Peer review means that before the article is accepted for publication in the journal it is carefully reviewed or screened by a panel of experts in the field (the author's peers). These experts examine the article carefully, making certain that the research was properly done, that the methodology was sound, and that the author's conclusions were based on the results of the research. Only after the experts determine that the research is good and properly done will the article be published. As a researcher, this gives you confidence that information in the article is reliable.
A journal article is thus fundamentally different from an article published in a newspaper, magazine or website. To learn more, check out our information on popular vs. scholarly.
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