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HMGT 1101 Industry Research

This guide supports the Industry Research Report assignment in Perspectives in Hospitality Management, HMGT1101

What is an academic source?

Academic sources generally are articles in scholarly journals and may be peer reviewed.

Scholarly journal    


  • also referred to as an "academic" journal
    • authors typically are professors or researchers
  • discipline-specific
  • publishes original research addressing a research question
    • Hospitality Management research may employ surveys, interviews, data
  • typically 2-6 issues per year
  • access individual journal articles through databases like Hospitality & Tourism Complete
  • has abstracts that summarize the article and its research findings
    • always read the abstract to judge if the article is relevant

Peer reviewed journal

  • the "peers" (peer reviewers) are experts in a research area, typically professors or other researchers
  • peer reviewers give authors important feedback to help revise the article to improve it
  • because of this quality control process, peer reviewed articles are considered to be reliable and trustworthy resources
    • as with all sources, evaluate the source

Learn more about finding and evaluating your sources.

What's an Academic Source?