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PTK - Honors in Action Project: Research & Resources

Resources for a successful 2018-2019 HIA project.

Different Types of Articles

Scholarly Journal Articles


Scholarly and peer-reviewed articles are good to find results of scientific or academic research.  They are written for scholars and provide in-depth analysis of a very specific area of your topic.


Popular Magazine Articles


Magazine articles are good for summarizing information on a topic for the general public. They often provide a background, summarize research findings, and provide some analysis of a topic.


Newspaper Articles


Newspaper articles are good for facts and up-to-date information. They often provide little analysis of a topic.



APAAPA style, developed by the American Psychological Association, is used for hard sciences and social sciences, including education. APA uses parenthetical citations within the text and a corresponding bibliography or references list at the end of the paper.

APA Style

View our concise APA Style handout (PDF) and the guide to citing in-text (PDF).

APA Style 

HIA Research Requirements

  • Eight academic sources (journal articles, books, interviews, etc.) More than eight can be used, but only eight need to be documented.
  • APA citations
  • Sources need to represent multiple perspectives

Research Tips

  • Use your college library for free access to academic research!
  • Within a research database, look for limit options that will allow you to focus on academic sources.
  • Seek out librarians for assistance. They can save you time and help you locate the right types of resources.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Document your sources as you work.


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