Original Research

Glossary of Terms

pertaining to data or information obtained through experiment, experience, or observation, and which can be verified
a tentative theory
a periodical containing scholarly articles and/or disseminating current information on research and development in a particular subject field
a periodical for general reading containing articles, stories, photographs and advertisements on a variety of subjects
see refereed journal
a serial appearing or intended to appear indefinitely at regular or stated intervals, generally more frequently than annually. Magazines, journals and newspapers are all periodicals.
qualitative research
a type of research methodology that produces descriptive data, with little emphasis given to numerical quantification.
quantitative research
form of research methodology in which experimental variables and relationships are assigned numerical value.
refereed journal
a refereed journal has a structured reviewing system in which at least two reviewers, excluding in-house editors, evaluate each unsolicited manuscript and advise the editor as to acceptance or rejection. Refereed is used interchangeably with peer-reviewed in UlrichsWeb Global Serials Directory.

Note: The definitions on this page are adapted from the ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science (except for "refereed journal").