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This guides provides information on college research and the resources available to you as a researcher at Pepperdine

Overwhelmed? Don't Know Where To Start?

Getting Started


Subject Specific Databases

Evaluating Sources


  •  Currency
  •  Relevance,
  • Authority
  •  Accuracy
  • and Purpose. 

Scholarly v. Popular

A scholarly publication is one in which the content is written by experts in a particular field of study - generally for the purpose of sharing original research or analyzing others' findings. Scholarly work will thoroughly cite all source materials used and is usually subject to "peer review" prior to publication.


POP aim to inform a wide array of readers about issues of interest and are much more informal in tone and scope. Examples include general news, business and entertainment publications such as Time Magazine, Business Weekly, Vanity Fair.

Note, special interest publications which are not specifically written for an academic audience are also considered "popular" i.e., National Geographic, Scientific American, Psychology Today.

A Popular and Scholarly take on the same subject... 

Look at the attached articles from Peace and Conflict Studies  and National Geographic about Ivory funding terror. how are similar, how are they different? 


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Jaimie Beth Colvin
Payson Library Rm. 231 (Next to the circulation desk).

note: Women Studies Minors - I provide support to you for all courses counting towards your minor.
Ext. 7432


Practice Research Questions

1. Religion: Was Thomas Jefferson a Christian? Why or why not

2. HUM 212 Research Report (Individual):

Our creative projects consist of two parts: an individual research report and a creative group presentation. Students will be divided into groups of 3-4, and each group will be assigned a topic/theme corresponding to one class period. Within that topic, each student will choose an individual person (from a list provided), and write a 5-6-page research paper on that person, his/her ideas, and the context in which he/she lived. Each group member will choose a different person. As a group, you will then prepare a creative presentation on the broader topic or theme, integrating material from your individual research. In other words, your creative presentation will focus on (or include) the people you researched to illustrate bigger ideas.

Topics/themes are:

  1. The Reformation/Counter-reformation (Class period 3, Oct. 5, 10)- Martin Luther
  2. The Scientific Revolution (Class period 8, Nov. 21, 23)

  3. The Enlightenment (Class period 9, Nov. 28, 30)

  4. The French Revolution (Class period 10, Dec. 5, 7)

3. Nutrition class: research a health trend and compare media coverage to the science.