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Scholarly Journal

First page of 'Public Administration Quarterly' article 'Confronting the (f)laws of the pyramid: Challenger's Legacy for Leadership and Organizational Development.'

Six Months Later...

... until today

Scholarly journal articles publish research on the causes of the Challenger explosion.

Public Administration Quarterly 21 (3): 258 - 293


Scholarly Journal Characteristics
AUDIENCE: Not meant for general public. Assumes a level of specialized knowledge in the field.
AUTHOR: Professor, scholar, or researcher who specializes in this field
TIMELINESS: Usually published at least a year after the event, often several years later.
CONTENT: Articles in scholarly journals tend to focus on more narrow topics than popular magazine articles. Contain the most current in-depth information on research that's been done. Few to no pictures. Information is backed up by footnotes to earlier research and always includes bibliographies.
TYPE OF SOURCE: Secondary

Scholarly journals are secondary sources since the writers have used their expertise to:

Research on the Challenger disaster has been published in journals from such diverse fields as engineering, psychology, education, business, and (the article shown) public administration.

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