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Leadership Studies Research

Background

Reference sources can be used at the start of the research, often to clarify unfamiliar terms and concepts.

Wikipedia: a pre-research source

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Wikipedia is GREAT! And contrary to what folks may have told you, the review process is more thorough than much that is published on the open web. The reason I tell students not to cite Wikipedia in their scholarly writing is not that it's flawed, but because it is an overview or reference source and that is not the need those types of sources fulfill. Encyclopedias like Wikipedia are excellent for doing pre-research. Use them correctly, and they can be a fantastic tool in your toolkit.

The part of a Wikipedia article that would help you the most are the reference and/or the further reading sections. There you will find citations that are good starting point for pre-research: gathering potential search terms, names of authors or scholars who are knowledgeable about the topic, and titles of potential scholarly journals to search.

General Reference Sources - Online

Reference Sources for Leadership - Print

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