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Research Paper Resources

This guide serves as a portal for students enrolled in Practices in Analytical Reasoning and Critical Thinking (PHIL 250) during the Fall, 2016 term.  This guide is neither intended to be comprehensive nor to represent an exhaustive search of library collections.  Students should plan on devoting time to experimenting with various search strategies.

Recomended Reading and Research Paths

One of the best ways to search a research database is to identify the subject terms that most accurately describe the concept you are interested in.  The following are examples of subject terms used in this database as well as their corresponding  database provided descriptions.

Academic Search Premier Subject Term: Ethics = Here are entered works on a set or system of moral principles and values, works on the moral principles of an individual, and works on a branch of philosophy concerned with the effect of moral values on the conduct of persons or societies. Use only if a narrower term does not apply

Academic Search Premier Subject Term: Professional Ethics = Here are entered works on the set of values and behaviors generally expected of individuals in a given profession. Works focused on the values and behaviors of a specific profession or professional group are entered under their own terms

As you experiment with these subject terms, consider combining them with key words to find articles specific to your topic.



Articles from scholarly journals are written by authors generally considered to be experts in their fields.  As a part of the peer-review process, authors submit their work to other scholars who then confirm that they have, in fact, properly conducted original research.  That is why scholarly journals are also know as peer-reviewed, refereed or academic.  

As you begin to search for and read scholarly articles, you will likely notice some of these characteristics:

  • Articles include citations
  • Authors maintain a serious tone and use the language of the profession
  • Articles are written to report original research
  • The author's credentials and affiliations are acknowledged

The two articles cited below are similar in that they address the swine flu epidemic. However, they differ in more ways than they are similar. Can you tell which is the scholarly article?

Wenner, M. (2009). The return of swine flu. Popular Science, 275(4), 50-52. Retrieved from EBSCOhost MasterFILE Premier.

Gerloff, N., Kremer, J., Charpentier, E., Sausy, A., Olinger, C., Weicherding, P. et al. (2011). Swine influenza virus antibodies in   humans, Western Europe, 2009. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 17(3), 404-411. Retrieved from EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier.



"Research Starters" are written to provide background information on a subject much like and encyclopedia. Pay close attention to the references and or bibliography provided as you are likely to find sources to consult further.

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