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Research for Graduate Classes

Graduate-level papers are based on the existing research literature, or academic articles.  

What constitutes an academic article?

They are reports of formal research written by the researchers. They follow an established format that consists of:

  • A statement of the problem being addressed
  • A review of the pertinent existing research
  • A statement of methodology, including the characteristics of the population to be studied and the method of data collection and analysis.
  • The results
  • Discussion of the results

 All work is supported by references to published research.

These articles are published in research publications only after blind peer-review. This means that the article is submitted for review to other researchers in the same field.

  • The reviewers do not know who wrote the article, and the author(s) of the article do not know who reviewed it, thus a "blind" review.
  • The reviewers evaluate the article for the quality of the research and its value as a contribution to the field, 
  • They can recommend publication, suggest it not be published, or suggest revisions.

Finding academic articles

  • The best way of finding relevant articles for your papers is by searching relevant databases or Google Scholar.
  • You must identify keywords for your search.  As you do your searching, you might find better or more accurate keywords in article titles or abstracts.  Thus modifying your search is part of the process.
  • When you find relevant articles, read the reference list or bibliography.  Since the authors are required to review the relevant research, they have already gathered previous articles on the same and related subjects.
  • You can access the full-text of the article by clicking on the link that says Full Text or PDF.  You can then print the article, email it to yourself, or save it to your computer or flashdrive. 
  • You can download or email the citation to yourself.  Be sure to edit the citation to fit APA style for your own reference list.
  • If you are using bibliographic management software, you can export the citation directly to that program.

Bibliographic Software