Answered By: Pamela Perry
Last Updated: May 02, 2017     Views: 281

Instructors often request that you use research from scholarly or "academic" journals. Articles in journals  present in-depth, original research in a specific field of study. These articles have been reviewed by other scholars in the field for scholastic standards and validity. Professional journals may also contain profession or industry-related news. Sometimes these articles are called "peer-reviewed." 

Scholarly articles differ from more popular articles available in magazines and newspapers. If you are unsure whether a publication is popular or scholar, refer to the chart, "Is it a Magazine or a Journal?"

Most scholarly articles are not available on the Web. Instead, try the library databases, EBSCOhost and JSTOR.  If you are searching these databases you can limit your results to scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals.

There are also a number of subject specific databases that contain scholarly articles such as Science in Context, Health & Wellness Resource Center, Literature Resource Center, and PsycArticles. For a complete list of databases by subject, use the Databases by Subject page.

Be sure to check out the video below for an in-depth look at selecting a scholarly article. 



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