Different Types of Literature Sources (spring 2018)

Different Types of Literature Sources (spring 2018)


hi this is Sarah Marks one of the
librarians here at UMass Lowell today we’re going to talk about the different
types of scholarly literature available specifically the difference between
formal and great literature when we talk about formal laureate literature we’re
talking about articles that go through the peer-review process this includes
general peer review articles empirical studies review articles systematic
reviews and meta-analyses the grey literature is a little different this is
a name for non formally published articles and documents that are Scarl
scholarly and substantive which means that people have put time and effort
into them found sources to support points but they’re not going through
that formal peer review process and it’s sometimes difficult to tell if something
has gone through it in most of our databases you’re gonna find the theses
and dissertations that fit into the grey literature these are written by masters
PhD sometimes upper level undergraduates but they’re published in the sense that
we at university store them and put them online
very often the text is not available now the best ones will be taken and broken
up and reformatted into some type of scholarly article if you’re doing a
quick paper you’re probably going to avoid the grey literature specifically
theses and dissertations but when you’re doing your own in-depth research or your
own thesis or dissertation you might want to look at these but they fit into
that grey literature the same goes for technical reports working papers white
papers they’re all sort of the same thing the experts are writing them and
sometimes because the peer review process takes forever to happen they are
published online quickly so that they get out there this is especially done
with current and sort of hot topics that we really need to talk about in a
different way than just the peer review process conference proceedings often do
get a peer review to a degree but they’re not formal
papers the peer review process does allow for some articles to be
pre-printed ahead of their formal publication this is often done before
the full edit happens just so that people can start getting a sense of what
the research is talking about but there’s considered preprint thus part of
the great literature patents are often used in some research
but they’re just patents that people have applied for and approved and
finally anything written by a think-tank Policy Institute a non-profit this
includes non-government organizations both American and international these
might have a lot of solid research in them but when you’re asked to get peer
review articles nothing in the grey literature will count that being said if
you’re doing something where you need a fuller scope of the research
don’t forget the grey literature at the very least they’ll help you identify
other sources that you can go and visit and consider using for your research so
that’s the type of scholarly literature available if you have any questions feel
free to ask us we’re happy to help

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