Use cited journal articles to strengthen your essays

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Journal articles can be a powerful tool for strengthening your essays. By using journal articles as sources, you can provide up to date argumentation and sometimes evidence that supports your arguments and strengthens your thesis. journal articles and literary sources have been reviewed by experts in the field before they are published. Reviewers include editorial panels, editors and specialists in the area. Citing journal articles correctly can be tricky, but with a little practice, it can be easy to get the most out of these valuable sources of information.

Find a journal article on your topic

Finding a journal article on your topic can be difficult. It is important that you find an article that is up to date and has credible sources. You want to make sure you are finding an article that is recent and relevant to your topic. This is especially important for essays, where it can make a big difference in the quality of your work. But what if you don't have access to all the journals your professor mentioned? How can you find sources to use in your essays? One way is to look through journal articles that have been cited by other journal articles. This method can help you build a strong research foundation for your essay and increase its credibility.  

The best way to do this is by using a database that your library subscribes to, such as Academic Search Complete or JSTOR. Once you have found a journal article, it is important to read it thoroughly. Academic databases like these allow you to search for articles by keywords or subject matter. It also has a feature that allows you to limit your search results to only peer-reviewed journals. This will ensure that you are getting the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.  

Understand the article...

Once you have found a journal article, it is important to read it thoroughly. You should skim the article to get an idea of what it is about and then read it more carefully to understand the research that was conducted and the findings of the study. When reading an article, it is important to pay attention to the limitations of any research. This will help you to understand if the findings are applicable to your work or not.

Each assessment is different, so you need to ensure you are finding the types of source (genre) needed for the assessment:
• Try not to be distracted by irrelevant information
• If the content looks irrelevant after 15 minutes of skimming and scanning, you should disregard it and move to another source.

Discover potent techniques for skimming and scanning in our Researching: Assessing Sources module.

Utilize the information from the journal article in your essay.

 When writing an essay, it is important to synthesize the information from the various journal articles you have read. This involves incorporating the ideas from different articles into a cohesive whole, while also providing your own analysis and interpretation of the information. To do this, you will need to identify the main points from each article, as well as the conclusions that can be drawn from them. You should then use this information to support your own argument or thesis.

Cite the journal article correctly

You should also be sure to cite the article in your essay or research paper. Citing journal articles can be a great way to strengthen your arguments and support your points in essays. Not only will using journal articles help you to cite important sources, but they can also provide example of how other authors have approached a particular topic. Additionally, citing journal articles can show that you are familiar with the literature on a particular topic.

In order to properly cite a journal article, you will need to gather information about the author, title of the article, and the year it was published, the journal it was published in and where the publisher is based. You can learn much more about Referencing here.

Conclusion: Why using journal articles can help improve your essays.

It might seem obvious, but you can use journal articles to strengthen your essays by citing the sources when you write about them. This will help your readers understand the information you are presenting, and it will also show that you have done your research. When using journal articles in your writing, make sure to provide enough information for your readers so that they can find and read the article. You can learn a lot more about how to find appropriate journal articles in our Researching course./

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