This research guide is intended to serve as a starting point for users researching topics in real estate. Faculty, staff, and student researchers will be able to access relevant sources in a variety of formats including, but not limited to, journals, books, streaming media, and newspapers. The use of this guide facilitates finding and evaluating relevant, credible sources.
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Be a Savvy Information Consumer
It may seem that there is just too much available information--both free stuff found on the Internet and library resources. Some of it is easily accessible, sometimes not so much. But when you find good information, how do you know it's credible, that is, how do you know you can trust it?
What to look for?
Evaluating Information Found on the Web can help you evaluate sources. Consider these criteria:
If you are uncertain about any of these criteria, feel free to contact the librarian.
Elements of Peer-Reviewed and Scholarly, Trade publications, and Magazines
You will come across several document types in database searches, most of which will be familiar: newspapers, magazines, reports, blogs, and more. But the publications that might be more challenging are peer-reviewed and scholarly journals and trade publications. Here are some elements to look for:
Peer-reviewed/scholarly journals -
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For a more complete comparison, see Comparing Scholarly, Trade, General Publications.
From the Lutgert College of Business (LCOB) Writing Guidelines...
"In the workplace you are expected to write clearly and coherently. The Lutgert College of Business faculty expect college-level writing on all assignments..."
Read this document to understand LCOB writing expectations and use it as a guide for your assignments. Pay special attention to the sample formats.
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