There are numerous types of background materials: encyclopedias (both general and subject specific), handbooks, and dictionaries. Why use a background source? It can save you time by helping you with the following.
Get an overview of a new or complex topic
Find out the namesof key players in a given area
Locatetermsthat you can use in your research
Help narrow(or expand) your topic
Locate a bibliography of sources to help you start your research.
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If there is an option, select Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly Journal or Academic Journal
Type your keywords\key concepts in the search box
In the results list, look for PDF or full text links to the article title
Click on the link to access the full article
There are many periodicals that have articles relevant to race and ethnic studies current research. Below are some highly regarded in this field. These links will take you to WorldCat where you can keyword search for articles within a single journal.
Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia
Jewish Studies Journals
American Jewish History
Holocaust & Genocide Studies
Journal of Jewish Studies
Studies in American Jewish Literature
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
Women in Judaism : A Multidisciplinary Journal (online)
Latin Studies Journals
Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Journal of Hispanic Higher Education
Middle East Studies
Arab Studies Quarterly
The Middle East Journal
Middle East Quarterly
Journal of Middle East Women's Studies
Native American Studies Journals
American Indian Culture and Research Journal
American Indian Quarterly
Journal of American Education Education
Studies in American Indian Literatures
Wicazo Sa Review
Original Research Articles
Research articles, empirical, research primary research, are based on original research. If you need to limit your sources to research articles, you must be able to tell the difference. Most research articles will contain the following:
A summary of the article. (Note: Abstracts appear in reviews or secondary articles as well.)
Sometimes called "methodology" or "materials and methods," this section describes the author's research methods and tools: experiment, survey, data sources, etc.
Also called "findings," this is the section of the article in which raw data are presented.
Sometimes called "analysis," this is the section in which the author analyzes the data.
The author's conclusions based on the analysis.
List of references to works cited in the article.
These standard parts of a research article may not always be labeled, and sometimes they are combined (for example, "Data and Methods"). Still, every research article indicates what methods and tools were used to conduct the research, what the results were, and how the author interprets those results.
Other Types of Articles
Not every article in a scholarly journal contains research or analysis. Scholarly journals may also include:
Literature reviews - often reviews original research
Meta-Analysis or systematic reviews - analysis of original research
Editorials or commentaries
Speeches and interviews
These are not original or primary research articles.