Answered By: Gloria Shutter
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2017     Views: 180

How do I tell if an article is scholarly?

  • Most scholarly articles feature original research rather than opinion.  Look for graphs and tables indicating data collection rather than illustrations or photographs.
  • Common features of scholarly articles include: a bibliography, foot or end notes, an author associated with a research group or academic institution, and publication by a journal which employs peer review.
  • The term peer review in a listing indicates that the article has been reviewed by specialists in the field which the article addresses, rather than an editor who may not know much about the subject.

How do I search for scholarly articles?

Most databases have an option (usually under a link called 'advanced search') which will allow you to restrict your search results to peer reviewed articles or journals. See the picture below for an example in EBSCOHost.

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