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Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Academic Journals, Oh My!

Are the terms scholarly journals, peer reviewed journals, and academic journals synonyms? Or, are they as different as lions and tigers and bears?

Scholarly, peer reviewed and academic journals aren't too different from three well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Credit: Saku Takakusaki)

Scholarly, peer reviewed and academic journals aren’t too different from three well-known characters from The Wizard of Oz. (Credit: Saku Takakusaki)

Frankly, I think the three terms are distinctions without a difference. All of these periodicals typically publish scholarly, peer reviewed, and academic articles. Or, should I say that all of these publications generally serve as forums for the introduction and presentation for scrutiny of new research, as well as the critique of existing research? Read more

Learn about the Caribbean and West Indies

For your class in the history of the Caribbean and West Indies, consult academic journals, university databases and online for good research paper topics. The region had a rich history before the Europeans arrived and then struggled with disease and slavery afterwards.

A map of the Caribbean and West Indies region. (Credit: Brenda/Flickr)

A map of the Caribbean and West Indies region. (Credit: Brenda/Flickr)

Here are some suggested research topics on the naming of the Caribbean, slavery in the region and the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies. Read more

What you will learn as an international relations major

International relations is an exciting and multidisciplinary field of study. An international relations major—which includes foreign policy study, social science, ethics, psychology, foreign language and finance—equips students with the knowledge to view the world and people of various cultures with compassion, diplomacy and political economy.

A degree in international relations offers many multidisciplinary fields of study. (Credit: IRonline.american.edu)

A degree in international relations offers many multidisciplinary fields of study. (Credit: IRonline.american.edu)

For good research paper topics in international relations, consult academic journals and databases. Here are some ideas for international relations term papers. Read more

Economic theory: Consult academic journals for relevant topics

Economic theory can help show you the right model for the current and future market. (Credit: Jon Berkely)

Economic theory can help show you the right model for the current and future market. (Credit: Jon Berkely)

For good research paper topics for your economic theory course, consult academic journals, search the Internet and read scholarly articles for relevant topics in today’s study of economic theory and modeling. Do today’s economic models work? Should modeling reflect expectations of the market? Should the field of economics be overhauled in the wake of the economic crisis of 2008? These are some topics to consider for your economics term paper.

Economic models that reflect expectation

One topic could be to write about economic modeling versus expectations. In the wake of the global financial crisis, some economists think macroeconomic theory and policy should focus not only on the analysis of monetary policy rules but also on decisions about individual policy actions. Read more

Good research paper topics in religion and sociology

Religion and sociology are a combination of disciplines ripe for good research paper topics. Religion, with its many distinct types and practitioners, plays an important role in many people’s lives, as well as in social, economic, political and educational issues. Some examples are religion as a public institution, the influence of Pope Francis or diversity in congregations. For your religion and sociology term paper, search the Internet for academic journals, religion databases and sociology blogs.

Pope Francis makes for a good religion and sociology research topic. (Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)

Pope Francis makes for a good religion and sociology research topic. (Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)

De-centralizing the sociology of religion

For religion and society topics for your term paper, check out the Questia database of books, journals and newspaper articles. Read more

How to research academic journals online that cover many disciplines and sources

Academic journals onlineWe previously posted how students can research communication journals online and wanted to supplement it with a post about researching academic journals online using Questia, the digital library and online research and paper-writing tool.

When you research Questia, users will find a wide ranging series of periodicals to aid them in their research and written assignments, including:

  • More than six thousand online books that cover all types of scholarly journal topics from multicultural case studies to teaching academic literacy
  • More than three academic journals articles
  • More than 2,600 magazine articles and 800+ newspaper articles Read more