Concept-Dependent Social Phenomenon Journal Articles

Back in September I wrote a short post (you can read it here) based on Andrew Sayer’s book, Method in  Social Science a Realist Approach, Since then, I’ve had hundreds of readers directed to my blog.   I feel strongly about dissemination of information my philosophy is “knowledge is power,” I have researched several databases and found related journal articles which I hope will be of use to someone. In addition I have another article that I had difficulty uploading titled, Social Science Concepts: A User’s Guide by Gary Goertz).  If you are interested in reading this article just send me at, and I will gladly email it to you.
Feel free to provide feedback on the articles.  Thanks, and enjoy!

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Curious About Google? 10 Google Slideshows

Stan Shroder posted a great article of Mashable, “10 Great Google Slideshows.” I’m a big fan of Slideshare after downloading a presentation, “How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR.”  Slideshare is a great resource for educators, marketers, and everyone in between.

Yesterday we dug out a cool slideshow which tries to tell us, in a mere 34 slides, everything there is to know about Google. It’s not the only Google-related slideshow out there, though; in fact, we’ve found dozens of them. Here’s a selection of ten we’ve found to be either very useful or interesting.

Google for Life Science ResearchAs you can see there is many presentations on varying aspects of search engine giant Google.  I especially liked the presentation “Google for Life Science Research: Searching Power and More,” since I’m constantly on the look out for research tools and resources to help me with my Doctoral work.  What resources for research do you use?

Here is a link to the article on Mashable: 10 Great Google Slideshows

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Refseek Competition for Google Scholar?

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After reading Stan Schroder’s article in Mashable about refseek, a new academic search engine, that was launched today in beta mode.  According to the reseek site,

RefSeek (rĕf-sēk) is a web search engine for students and researchers. refseek aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. refseek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.

In comparison to Google refseek indexes more that just scientific publications, thereby returning more search results. The site also has a a “narrow your search” feature that suggests terms to help you narrow your search for better results.  Another noticible difference is there are no ads in refseek’s search results, which is always a plus when your diligently researching a topic and prefer not to be distracted.

I’m adding refseek to my arsenal of research tools.  Hopefully it will prove to be useful.  you think of

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Intro to the Semantic Web

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Guest Post- Measuring Shared Engagement

I found this post on Chris Brogan’s blog and I wanted to share it with you!

Guest Post- Measuring Shared Engagement

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Improve Your Blog Posts With Peer Reviewed Articles

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There is a lot of junk in blogsphere and not every post is vetted and thoroughly reviewed.  Unfortunately, there is not always a clear line drawn between opinion and fact.  To assist in production of high quality articles or blog posts I recommend using a peer reviewed article as a source.

What is a peer reviewed article?

In the world of academia peer reviewed journals are similar to blogs written by trusted writers. Peer reviewed journals undertake rigorous protocols in the selection and publishing of articles.  Drafts of articles undergo critical review and assessment by other scholars in the author’s field before they are accepted for publication.  This process is similar to the way in which a blog post is scrutinized.

For example, when a writer publishes a post on his blog, the blog’s readers weigh in (or comment) on the post.  Whether positive or negative – the feedback either supports or disproves what the writer has written.  Such is the process of the peer review, also known as refereeing. The reviewers are frequently not employed directly by the journal which helps to ensure objectivity and neutrality.

How to Find Peer Reviewed Articles

Google Scholar is a free bibliographic database that indexes scholarly texts, including peer-reviewed online journals.  Google Scholar does not require users to a subscribe or pay a fee.  Google Scholar allows users to search for digital or physical copies of articles, whether they be online or in libraries.

As a current PhD student at Walden University, I religiously use Google Scholar to research articles and publications for my assignments and papers.  I find it user-friendly, accurate, and concise.  One of the features that I continuously take advantage of is the link on the citation that lists other publications that cited the article in question.  This allows me to see the popularity of the article and how other writers have utilized the information in the article, and sometimes guide me down different research paths that I have not considered.

How do I know is an article has Been Peer Reviewed?

I order to figure out of an article has been peer-reviewed or not you have to research the journal that published the article.  The simple way to accomplish this would be to visit the journal’s website.  Once you locate the publication’s website, locate the article submission section. This section will outline the guidelines for article submission which normally states whether the publication participates in the peer review process.

Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

When and if you do use a peer reviewed article in a blog post, give credit to the author. You can reference the article used, provide a link to the publication, or place a footnote at the end of your post. Citing a peer reviewed article can provide truth and credibility to your posts – which every writer can use.

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