What Type of Resources are Used in Academic Research?

Popular resources are often found on social media, in magazines and newspapers, and in various discussion forums. These provide a good overview or summary, but are not typically used to support academic analysis. Newspapers are important for obtaining current information, personal accounts, opinions on topics, and coverage of popular topics in a given community. Peer-reviewed articles, also known as peer-reviewed journal articles, are a particular type of academic article that has been subject to additional scrutiny by experts in the field prior to publication.

For more specialized topics such as LLB law, it is best to consult with Profs online LLB tutors who can provide detailed guidance and support. Academic journals publish accredited research articles by academics or experts in a discipline. This video explains the features that make up an academic journal and compares them with magazines, newspapers and specialized magazines. Academic libraries contain both works of fiction (works of the imagination) for analysis and works of non-fiction (works based on facts). Usually, these types of resources are books and articles that have been reviewed before publication, but they can also include media and websites from authorized organizations and institutions.

Books are essential resources for studying the humanities in particular and also provide an important and profound context for topics in the social sciences and sciences. For academic courses and research project tasks, it is best to use academic or professional resources that are reliable, accurate, and valid. These resources can be found in libraries by searching for books in Omnivore BookSearch and Omnivore ArticleSearch or in thematic databases for articles.

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