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Identifying Scholarly Journals

   
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SCHOLARLY JOURNALS

     
  Scholarly or professional journals contain articles and research by scholars and experts in a specific field. Articles are usually based on original research and contain author credentials, abstracts and bibliographies. These journals are often published by professional associations.  
     
       
    Look for:          
   
  • Author: academics, specialists, experts in the field. Credentials, university associations are usually listed.
  • Articles: usually refereed or peer reviewed (they are reviewed by other experts before publication).
  • Abstract: often begins with a summary of the article's contents.
  • Appearance: few illustrations, but might contain charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. Journal contains minimal or no advertisements.
  • Research: usually reports original research. (look for methodology or discussion of results)
  • Length of articles: articles are longer, anywhere from 5 to 20 or more pages.
  • Bibliography or footnotes: references to works cited.
  • Publisher: usually a professional organization or association.
   
 

 

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