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Information Literacy Course International Relations: Answers

Question 1 + answer

For each of the publications named below, indicate whether it is an academic journal, a magazine or a newpaper

  1. The Economist
  2. The Journal of Strategic Studies
  3. The Guardian


1 = popular magazine
2 = scholarly journal
3 = newspaper

Most peer-reviewed journals provide this information on their website. There are other ways to find information about journals. You could use Ulrich's Periodicals Directory. Ulrich's uses the term "Refereed" for peer-reviewed.

Question 2 + answer

You are looking for in-depth academic information. What type of literature do you choose?

  1. A handbook
  2. A newspaper
  3. A monograph


The correct answer is 3: a monograph.

Question 3 + answer

What are conference proceedings?


During a conference, papers are presented. These are published later in a single volume as conference proceedings.

Question 4 + answer

Is a catalogue a primary, secondary or tertiary source? 


A catalogue is a tertiary source, because it is a guide to secondary literature.

Question 5 + answer

Give an example of a formal academic publication. 


Examples of formal academic publications:

  • conference papers
  • journal articles
  • articles in an edited volume
  • monographs