Answered By: Jennifer Kasch
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2015     Views: 73

First a little background on what a scholarly article is from a question we have answered already:

Scholarly articles refer to those that are written by experts in the field, usually at a research university.  These articles serve as reports on the methods and findings of their studies.  They are often more than 5 pages long, are published in professional journals, include data and references, and have been reviewed by other experts prior to publication.  They can be found in our databases, such as Academic Search Complete, often in full text.  Check out the attached document for more info on popular vs. scholarly sources.

When you're ready to start looking for articles, choose a database from our list located here  For more info on what is included in each database, hover over the circle with the white "i" inside of it next to the database name.  Many of our databases are from a vendor called ebsco and most of these will allow you to limit to peer reviewed articles (academic search complete is one example of a database that will allow this).  Go ahead and type in the keywords for your search and click search.  On the left side of the screen, you will see ways to limit your search.  One way you can limit it is by clicking the box next to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals as shown in the screenshot below.

Screenshot of database with 'Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals' circled


This will help to narrow it down to those that have been reviewed by other experts in the field.  You still will want to assess the article for the other criteria listed on the document attached to this answer such as making sure the article has a bibliography.

I hope that this will help you get started on your research.  If you want more help determining if something is scholarly or not, feel free to come into the library and we can go through your search with you.

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