Your assignment looks to present a solution to a current problem in wildlife population through the creation of a management plan for a natural resources agency. This guide will help you to:
Peer-reviewed journals (also called scholarly or refereed journals) are a key information source for your college papers and projects. They are written by scholars for scholars and are an reliable source for information on a topic or discipline. These journals can be found either in the library's online databases, or in the library's local holdings. This guide will help you identify whether a journal is peer-reviewed and show you tips on finding them.
Peer-review is a process where an article is verified by a group of scholars before it is published.
When an author submits an article to a peer-reviewed journal, the editor passes out the article to a group of scholars in the related field (the author's peers). They review the article, making sure that its sources are reliable, the information it presents is consistent with the research, etc. Only after they give the article their "okay" is it published.
The peer-review process makes sure that only quality research is published; research that will further the scholarly work in the field.
In the sciences, primary and secondary sources refer to how close an article is to the research that is being described. For your assignment, you will identify at least eight primary scientific sources for your literature review.
A primary scientific source:
A secondary scientific source:
Both primary and secondary scientific articles can be found in peer-reviewed journals, so even if you identify a peer-reviewed article, you will still need to ensure that it is primary research before using it for this assignment.