Academics share their theories and research findings with the academic community in many ways, for example by talking to their colleagues, presenting papers at conferences, tweets, or posts in blogs and other websites.
The most important way in which researchers tell other researchers about their work is by publishing journal articles ('papers') and books. Articles are particularly important.
That said -- academic fields differ as to the importance that is attached to articles and books. For example, in the humanities (language and literature, philosophy, history, theology) relatively more books are published than in other fields.
In order to effectively search for sources for a writing assignment, it's critical that you can quickly identify scholarly publications. Look for the following characteristics:
Watch this video (2 mins.) to learn more about the purposes of source citation in science.
Most commonly used at TiU is APA style, established by the American Psychological Association (APA). The university library has a concise APA guide for TiU students, available in English and Dutch. Students studying at the School of Humanities and Digital Sciences may be asked to use the Chicago citation style. The Tilburg School of Theology also uses Chicago. Law students pursuing a Dutch-language study are expected to use 'Leidraad voor juridische auteurs,' which can be found on the Wolters Kluwer website.