When finding sources for a paper, you are often told you need "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" sources. This page will help you understand what a scholarly source is, where to find scholarly sources, and how to determine if a source you have is scholarly. Here are the key activities on this page:
Typical features of a scholarly article:
Length: scholarly articles are longer, usually at least 8 pages, but there is no set rule, and they usually include diagrams, charts, or graphs
Bibliography: scholarly articles always have a list of cited works
Language: scholarly articles are written for scholars and not the general public, so the language is specialized and technical
Authors: scholarly articles are written by experts who usually have PhDs and academic affiliations
Scholarly articles are published in scholarly journals:
Just because your article is published in a scholarly journal doesn't mean your article is scholarly because scholarly journals contain the following items which are NOT scholarly:
If you are unsure about using the information you've found, be sure to check with a librarian or your professor.
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While it is possible to find some scholarly articles on the Internet using a search engine such as Google, many scholarly articles are not freely available to the public. The Libraries subscribe to many Indexes and Databases that contain scholarly articles.
Details on how to search Indexes and Databases can be found in the next section, "Searching for Journal Articles." Just as not every item in a scholarly journal is scholarly, not everything in an Index or Database is scholarly. Some of the databases, such as those provided by the vendor EBSCOhost allow you to limit your search results to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.