What are they?
Scholarly articles are papers that describe a research study.
Why are scholarly articles useful?
Scholarly articles have been reviewed by other experts before they are accepted for publication, so you can be reasonably assured that they contain valid information.
How do you identify scholarly or peer-reviewed articles?
How do you find them?
Some of the contain scholarly articles, either exclusively or in combination with other types of articles.
is another option for searching for scholarly articles.
Peer reviewed articles are found in scholarly journals. The checklist below can help you determine if what you are looking at is peer reviewed or scholarly.
|Scholarly Journals||Popular Journals|
|Author is an expert on the specific topic of the article
||Author is usually a journalists who might or might not have particular expertise in the topic
|Articles are peer-reviewed or approved by experts in the field||Reviewed by an editor and fact checker.
|A list of references or citations appears at the end of the article||References usually aren't formally cited
|Goal is to present results of research||Goal may be to inform, entertain, or persuade|
|Examples: Journal of the American Medical Association; Journal of American History||Examples: Newsweek; Time Magazine|
Many databases (article collections) provide a way for you to limit by scholarly, or peer reviewed, articles, if the database contains a combination of scholarly articles and other types of articles.
Here are two different ways to limit your results to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles within EbscoHost databases:
1. From the main search page, before you run your search, click Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals below Limit your results:
2. After you run a search, click the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals checkbox within Refine Your Results: