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What is a Scholarly Article?
Assignments often require the use of scholarly or peer-reviewed articles. Scholarly resources, such as journal articles, have distinct characteristics when compared to popular resources, such as magazine and newspaper articles. Here is a guide to identifying popular and scholarly resources:
Entertain or Inform
Glossy, colorful pages with lots of advertisements
Plain, black-and-white pages with graphs and tables; very few ads
Written in every-day language
Formal, field specific
Professionals in the field, Faculty, and Students
Full citations generally not included
Full citations required
People Magazine, CNN.com
Journal of Psychology, JAMA
Peer-reviewed resources have been reviewed by other professionals in the field before being published. Not all scholarly resources are peer-reviewed. Many databases allow users to limit the results to include only peer-reviewed materials. If you are not sure if a source is peer-reviewed, contact a librarian for help.