BIOL 204 Introduction to Microbiology: Good vs Bad Research


Good articles, fake news, fake websites

  1. Good research is found in scholarly peer reviewed articles and reference materials like handbooks, encyclopedias, and books. 
    • You will come across a variety of documents during your search in scholarly databases as well as with GoogleScholar.
    • Your keywords and research strategy will determine your success in finding good articles.
    • Limit your research to original research journal articles /reports and  2. review journal articles. You can distinguish them by what the authors write about in the introduction and abstracts of these type of articles .
    Article A complete report on original research.
    Review Article A substantial overview of original research that usually contains a comprehensive bibliography.
    Short Survey A brief review of original research.
    Short Communication A short report or announcement of research which usually has a shorter publication time than other papers in the same publication. It may appear in the publication under other names, such as Letter Papers, Preliminary Notes.
    Correspondence, Letter A letter to the editor or a reply to the letter.
    Discussion An argumentative communication, such as a perspective or commentary.
    Book Review A critical discussion of a book's contents.
    Product Review A review of software, hardware, or some other type of product.
    Editorial An article from the editor or guest editor of a publication. A Foreword or Preface may also be assigned this document type.
    Publisher's Note A message from the publisher to the readers.
    Erratum An article in which errors are reported that were made in an earlier publication in the same book. An erratum may also appear in the publication as a Corrigendum.
  3. SOURCE: Elsevier ScienceDirect Database Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. except certain content provided by third parties. ScienceDirect® is a registered trademark of Elsevier B.V.

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