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BUSN - Tourism & Hospitality

Research the hospitality and tourism industry in Alberta, Canada and the international scene

Information sources

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Peer-reviewed and scholarly journals are related but not identical. Not all scholarly journals go through the peer-review process.

Intent: Scholarly journals contribute to the progress and extent of knowledge in a discipline. They report on original research or experimentation in order to make such information available to the rest of the scholarly world.

Academic/Scholarly articles: 

  • Scholarly journals contain articles written by, and addressed to, experts in a discipline, including scholars, researchers, and academics.
  • They are concerned with academic study, especially research, and demonstrate the methods and concerns of scholars.
  • Articles are long, include graphs, charts and tables and the language is technical and discipline-specific
  • Scholarly journals always rigorously cite their sources in the form of footnotes or bibliographies. Many scholarly journals are published by professional organizations. (Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University. http://lib.calpoly.edu/research/guides/peer.html)
    Examples:
    Travel Behavior and Society
    Harvard Business Review

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Peer review is the process by which colleagues critically appraise each other's work in order to ensure a high level of scholarship.
  • When the manuscript of an article is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, independent experts are asked to read and comment on the manuscript. If approved by the reviewers, the manuscript is accepted for publication as an article in the journal. (University or Toronto, Gerstein Science Information Centre. http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/peerreview)
    Examples:
    Tourism Review (AIEST)
    Journal of Sustainable Tourism
    Tourism and Hospitality Research
    International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
    Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing

Confirm whether a journal is scholarly or peer-reviewed:

  • Ulrichsweb.com is a database that provides detailed information on periodicals of all types.

This visualization of information sources portrays some of the main sources for business information and their relative order (descending) in terms of prevalence in scholarly work.

Your choice of information sources will depend on the type of information for which you are searching and how you intend to use the information.

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