Answered By: Victoria Ganguli Last Updated: May 15, 2017 Views: 5784
The link above is from our YouTube channel and will provide more information on the differences between scholarly and popular articles.
For our purposes, 'scholarly' and 'peer-reviewed' mean the same thing. Strictly speaking, 'scholarly' means the article was written by an expert for an audience of other experts, researchers and students. 'Peer-reviewed' means the article was reviewed and critiqued by the author's peers, who are experts in the same subject area. The vast majority of scholarly articles are also peer-reviewed, so the terms are used interchangeably.
When you search the MiraCosta Library Databases for a scholarly article, rest assured that if you select 'scholarly' you are getting 'peer-reviewed' articles, and vice versa. Remember that 'academic journals' are the same as 'scholarly journals' too.