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What are five scholarly articles to use as sources for "Impact of Social Media Influence in the 2016 Election"?

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Let's look at where the best places are to find scholarly articles about the 2016 election. There are three tiers of research that can be considered scholarly for the purpose of general research. It's important to avoid content mills, social media, or opinion/heavily biased sources in scholarly work, unless you use these sources to add context to your research (e.g. noting a particularly widespread theory on social media, whether or not it had grounding in reality).

The highest tier of scholarly research comes from academic journals. These journals are peer reviewed, and each article goes through a stringent vetting process. Some important political science journals are American Journal of Political Science, Political Science Quarterly, and Journal of Politics. Some scholarly journals that cover mass media are Journal of Media Psychology, New Media and Society, and The Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

The next-highest tier of scholarly research comes from institutions or organizations ("think tanks") that are non-partisan, non-profit, and transparent in their research methods. Some examples of these organizations are The Pew Center for Research, The Brookings Institution, and The RAND Corporation.

The third tier of acceptable research comes in the form of non-academic but non-biased, research-based periodicals. The value of non-academic periodicals is that they are able to produce studies more quickly than academic journals, so when exploring a recent event, like the 2016 election, they are more likely to have current information. The danger, as with any mass-produced periodical, is that the information does not provide as much depth of study and the research presented may not be as rigorous. Some of these periodicals are Public Opinion Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Economist.

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