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
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...
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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
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.
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