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Transfer Students Welcome Guide: Scholarly vs. Popular

Is this article scholarly?

Popular, Scholarly,  and Peer Reviewed: What's the Difference?  Click to find out! 

  • Scholarly articles are written by  academic writers who are experts in  their fields.
  • Academic writers and researchers  submit articles to journal editors, who  have them reviewed by several  experts in the field. This is referred to  as a scholarly, peer reviewed or refereed article.
  • Scholarly articles include citations to  other works and a list of references to   works cited.  They are written in the  specialized jargon of the field, and i  include information  about the institutional affiliation of the  authors.


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Scholarly vs. Popular Writing

Where do I find scholarly articles?

  • The Libraries subscribe to many databases that contain scholarly articles.
  • Some of the databases, such as those provided by the vendor EBSCOhost allow you to limit your search results to Scholarly/Peer Reviewed materials. 
  • QuickSearch filters include a peer-reviewed filter.  
  • Google Scholar is also an excellent source of scholarly, peer-reviewed materials in all subject areas.
    N.B. Not everything in Google Scholar is scholarly/peer-reviewed.  If you have doubts or questions, contact a librarian.

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