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ENH 617 Ecological Issue Report Guide: Assignments

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This assignment requires you to identify least three (3) academically appropriate sources; one (1) of which must be a peer-reviewed article.  If you need additional help with library research to complete this assignment, please see the variety of research help options available:

What are Academically Appropriate Sources at the University Level?

Depending on the assignment and your professor's expectations, you may be asked to find and use academic sources. Your professors will help define what they mean by academically appropriate.  For this assignment, academically appropriate sources can include books, government/NGO websites, newspaper or magazine articles, and peer reviewed articles.  

You may hear the term 'scholarly' or 'peer review' - peer review is the process through which experts in a field of study assess the quality of articles that are submitted to a journal for publication. They differ from non-scholarly sources, which do not require this level of assessment and review prior to publication.  These articles are written by academics or practitioners in the field, and often report on original research or experimentation. More information on the differences between scholarly and popular sources can be found in this research tutorial

The Library has many types of resources in its collection: books, videos, peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, websites, trade journals, etc. When you are reviewing your results, make note of the publication types so that you are using acceptable materials for this assignment. 


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