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CJ 4327: Ethics of Social Control: Writing & Citation Help

Cite Your Sources

Copies of the latest print edition are also available at the Alkek Library.

Check publication titles in Ulrichs

To find out if a journal is considered scholarly, check the Ulrich's database by doing a search for the title of the journal.

 


 

To view a tutorial on what makes a journal scholarly, please see this tutorial from Rutgers University.

Characteristics of scholarly journals

Check this chart for information about scholarly journal characteristics.

Authors

Articles are written by authorities in the field

Sources

Authors cite their sources in endnotes, footnotes, or bibliographies

Audience

Aimed at scholarly readers (researchers, professors, or students)

Publisher

Often published by academic or association presses

Advertisements

Contains few to no advertisements

Peer-review?

Most articles are reviewed by an author’s peers before publication to ensure high quality

Article scope

Journals usually have a narrow subject focus, and articles often include original research, reviews, or essays

Graphics

Illustrations often consist of charts or graphs

Language

Articles use jargon of the discipline

Examples

American Journal of Botany, The Academy of Management Journal, Social Research

 

Characteristics of popular magazines

Check this chart for characteristics of popular magazines.

Authors

Articles are usually written by professional writers or journalists

 

Sources

There are rarely bibliographies

Audience

Aimed at general population

Publisher

Published by commercial (for profit) presses

Advertisements

Contain numerous advertisements

Peer-review?

Rare

Article scope

Used to inform, update, or introduce a topic to a general reader

Graphics

Numerous colorful illustrations and/or photographs are usually present

Language

Language is geared to general population; no special knowledge is required

Examples

Runner's World, Ebony, Time

Characteristics of trade publications

Check the below chart for information about trade publications.

Authors

Articles usually written by specialists in an industry

Sources

Sources are mentioned, but rarely formally cited

Audience

Aimed at people in a particular profession, trade, or industry

Publisher

Usually published by professional or trade associations

Advertisements

Contains a few advertisements, usually targeting the particular industry

Peer-review?

Generally, no peer-review process

Article scope

Articles tend to be practical information, helpful to people in the industry

Graphics

Some illustrations;  often consisting of charts or graphs

Language

Articles use jargon of the industry

Examples

Adweek, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Software Development

Getting more help...

If you have specific questions about citing your sources, writing tips, or help with editing, you can go to the following places on campus for more assistance.


Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)

Get in-person tutoring at the Student Learning Assistance Center, or SLAC, located on the 4th floor of Alkek Library. Check the website for hours and availability. SLAC also maintains a good handout page for quick reference.

Texas State University Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of ASB North. You can get help with all types of writing, including papers, essays, and resumes. The Writing Center  offers in-person and online tutoring (check their website for more information).  Round Rock patrons can seek assistance from the Round Rock Writing CenterThe Writing Center also offers survival guide workshops for APA, Chicago/Turabian, and MLA citation styles.