Written by scholars or experts in the field. Scholarly articles, also called academic articles, can be found using databases and cover a wide range of topics and can either be original research or analysis of an issue or topic.
Q -- What is a review article?
A -- Review articles give you a summary of research on a topic.
Q -- Why would you use review articles in research?
A -- You can find out about current trends in research.
Q -- Why are review articles are a good place to start your research?
A -- Besides providing a comprehensive background on the topic they provide numerous references to additional readings and future research ideas.
There are two main ways to locate review articles
The key to determining whether the article is a "review article" is to see if the article fits that of a "review article", i.e. scholarly with an extensive bibliography that provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of the research on the topic or the “state of the art” on the topic.
Generally, these article also show where there are gaps in the research and areas of other potential research or where the research on the topic is headed.
You can search the library website for books and other materials and request them for pick up at the library. UIS Library is also a member of I-Share, which means our students can access materials available at other Illinois colleges and universities. Watch this short video to learn more about how to search and request materials.
This video is a brief introduction to the scholarly and popular sources you will come across while researching. What are they and how do you know what to use for your assignment?