Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

ED 622: Research in Education: Types of Articles

Student Learning Outcome

Information as a Creation Process
     SLO: Students will be able to identify different formats appropriate to research topic.

Article Types

Take a few minutes to review the following chart. This will help familiarize or reinforce the differences in types of articles you will find as you conduct your research. For your graduate research, you'll want to focus primarily on scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. Being able to recognize differences in type of articles is an important aspect of the research process.

In the Databases

As you search in the databases, you'll see that some of them bring back results by article type, or they will give you the option to sort by article type. This can be a huge time-saver. If you can eliminate articles that won't be acceptable for your graduate level work, use the tools to do that.

For example, in EBSCO databases such as Education Research Complete and ERIC, you'll have the option to narrow your results by source types. That option is in the left-hand column of filters. Common source types are Academic Journals, Magazines, and Trade Publications.