Articles from both academic and non-academic journals and news publications are key sources of evidence needed to respond to all forms of business and economics assignments and research topics.
Journal and news databases are large collections of journal and/or news sources, allowing a search on a particular topic to cover many thousands of journal and/or news sources at one time. Some databases include both journal and news articles. e.g. Proquest and Business Source Complete.
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Academic journal articles are the primary means by which academics communicate their ongoing research and development of theory to others in their discipline, and thereby advance the knowledge in that field. To be accepted for publication in an academic journal, an article must typically satisfy a peer review process, in which other experts in that discipline (peers) assess the quality of the submitted manuscript and the reported research, and its contribution to the discipline.
As students, academic essays must necessarily reflect the relevant theory and research presented in the academic literature, so effectively searching for, evaluating and using academic journal articles in your assignments are key skills.
Academic journals/articles may also be referred to as scholarly journals/articles and an alternative term to peer review(ed) is “refereed”, as in refereed journal or refereed article.
Non-academic journals can provide current business and economic news and practical examples that relate to the theory and research discussed in the academic literature.
In contrast to academic journals, they are journalistic in style, do not include references, and often contain images and advertising. Non-academic journal articles are typically short (1-3 pages). The following links are to examples of each main type of publication:
Trade or industry magazines report on a particular industry or business sector
Professional magazines communicate news, practical advice and cover issues relevant to professionals in that field
Non-academic articles are classified as Magazines or Trade Publications in the Business Source Complete database and Magazines or Trade Journals in the ProQuest database.
If you are unsure whether a particular journal is peer-reviewed/refereed, check the database,
or ask the Library.
Academic journal articles include a review of relevant academic literature, as well as references to other works used to support the arguments being expressed. Often links to an article's references are provided in the article database record, or in the online article itself, making it easy to access the full text of a reference.
Otherwise, to obtain an article from the citation details (e.g. found in the reference list):
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