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How do I determine the credibility of education journals?

I am a freshman studying Psychology at the University of Columbia. Our professor gave us an assignment on the theories of learning. One of the requirements of this assignment is that we should include three education journal articles and two newspapers in education as part of the references. However finding education information sources is a challenge for me because this is the first time our professor is giving us such an assignment. Can someone help me with where I can get scholarly articles for my assignment? Also, I will be glad if you help me learn how I can evaluate the credibility of the education journals as sources of my information.

Curtis Rhodes

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Chelsea Hayes on January 17, 2018

Being a first year in college, you are bound to experience such a challenge. Many students in other disciplines also undergo the same difficulties when writing academic papers. However, this should not worry you much since there are plenty of educational journals online. You only need to visit the university librarian for assistance. There also other sources that come handy in academic writing. For instance, the EBSCO database, which is one of the world’s largest collection of full-text journal articles. I used it when I was writing my Ph.D. thesis, and I found it quite helpful. The EBSCO database has over 2, 000 full-text journals with educational information. Also, it has more than 530 books, over 2,300 education- related conference papers and nearly 3 million book reviews. You can use either the free trial version or register as a premium user. I would advise you to go for the premium version to get full access to all the features.

As for evaluating the value of your sources, you only need to ask yourself five simple questions. First, where was the journal published? Was it published in a peer-reviewed scholarly journal or a university press? In this regard, you should also know whether your source was published online. The second question that you should ask yourself is, who wrote it? You can go an extra mile to research more about the author. For example, whether the writer is affiliated with your university or any other institution. Thirdly, you need to determine the timelines and appropriateness of your source. You can achieve this by searching for additional texts on the topic to determine whether the source is cited by other scholars. If the source is cited by other journal articles in education, then it will add significant value to your work. Fourthly, who was this source written for? I would advise that you go for texts that are made for the scholarly audience. This is because scholarly journals usually have a clear bibliography that you can use for further reference. Finally, ask yourself, how will I use this source, as a primary text or a secondary text? If the journal does not measure up to your standards, you can still use it. To use your article as a primary, you first ought to synthesize and analyze it. On the other hand, if you plan to use it as a secondary text, you must cite it correctly. A newspaper in education will serve as a good source for supporting your argument, or a guide for your theoretical framework.

Kyle Mckinneya year ago

I agree with the referral to EBSCO. A friend of mine had the same challenge, but EBSCO helped him overcome it. However, the premium charges might limit you, especially if you are studying using a strict budget such as an international scholarship. Google scholar is also another helpful source that you can use to do your research. It has plenty of scholarly journal articles. You can narrow down your search by year or author. Nevertheless, you need to be extra careful when paying for EBSCO services online. This is because there are lots of scam websites that purport to be EBSCO. Before making any payment, ensure you are on the official website. Otherwise, you will fall prey to fraudsters. In addition, you should be careful when quoting online sources. This is because the information timelines change with time. In order to stick to your topic and score well, you need to read, understand and analyze the whole text before using it.


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