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Information Management (MI)

Welcome! This guide will point you to research resources for a variety of information management topics.

Definitions: Professional vs. Scholarly Literature

Scholarly Literature

  • written for scholarly audience, assumes that reader is familiar with concepts and terminology in the field
  • presents research:  usually starting with an abstract, introduction, literature review, research methodology, findings, and discussion of results
  • charts & graphs of data (not photos)
  • always contains footnotes and/or list of references cited
  • peer-reviewed for the most part
  • articles are usually lengthy

Professional Literature

  • provides practitioners with information that helps them to do their jobs
  • keeps people current with developments, issues, and trends in the profession
  • may give overviews of research in the field
  • may include job advertisements
  • some are peer-reviewed, some are not
  • articles are often shorter than in scholarly journals
  • lists of references are usually shorter
  • many are published by associations
  • tends to have more regular publication schedule than scholarly journals (e.g. monthly, bimonthly)

Looking for a specific journal?

Looking for a specific academic journal that's not on the list? You can track down electronic journals using the e-journals function. Here is a quick video (no audio - just text and visuals).

Examples of Scholarly and Professional IM journals

Examples of Archives & Records Management journals

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