Conducting Research – One Way to Roughly Access the Reliability of Your Sources
When conducting a research you should always bear in mind that the quality of research you find in your explorations at the library and the Internet may vary to a great extent. However, one way to roughly access the quality or reliability of a study is to find out whether it has been juried or non-juried.
Juried versus Non-juried Research
A juried(or refereed) research report is one that has been judged by respected colleagues in one’s field and deemed to be of sufficient quality and importance to warrant publication.
For instance, the editors of many academic journals send submitted manuscripts to one or more reviewers who pass judgment on the manuscripts, and only manuscripts that meet certain criteria are published in the journal. This is the reason these journals are often referred to as peer- reviewed journals.
A non-juried (or no referred) report on the contrary, is one that appears in a journal or on the Internet without first being reviewed by one or more experts. No doubt, the quality of some of these reports are excellent, but others may not be.
As a reader, one important skill you need to have, is the ability to review the work of others and evaluate the quality of their methods, results, and conclusions. In some cases, this can be easily accomplished, but in others this can be a bit more difficult. However, if you take the time to develop your ability to evaluate other researchers’ work, you will get a better sense of how to improve your own research efforts