Using academic journal articles These are peer-reviewed (by other academics to test their relevance and contribution to the topic)They are published in Journals such as: These sources can be hard to understand. This is a very early stage to be introducing them to you, please do not be put off by all the information, concepts and theories etc, you do not need to understand them all. You just need to practice using these sources to extract some information, it could just be one point, message or argument, which will help you develop your discussions in essays and reports. The key is to try and link them to other sources like the main text books, newspaper articles, government sources, professional sources (CIPD)Access them on studynet online and click on peer-reviewed and article on the left hand-side, use the preview link to see the abstract, before you download the article Some of these paper (articles) will be theory based, or literature based, but many will be based on primary research in a particular organisation, or about a certain group of workers across industries To start with they will usually have a similar structure:An abstract: read this first to decide if you think the paper is relevant and something you might understandAn introduction: The topic, the reason for the research and main points of discussion are introducedLiterature review: past literature and theory on the topic are introducedMethodology: if there is primary research this is explained in this section, who and how they are being researched is explained , thereare various ways of researching, but usually this is done in two ways:qualitative with longer interviews (about exploring smaller number of people and getting their subjective experience) Quantitative surveys (more people asked, but with shorter questionsand less exploration of individual experience, sometimes rated onscale -1-5, 1-7)Findings or discussion: The research findings are presented
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