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SCHOLARLY JOURNALS

     
 

Also called:
          Peer-reviewed Journals, Academic Journals, or Professional Journals.

Scholarly journals contain articles and research by scholars and experts in their 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.
   
 

 

Other excellent websites to help you identify scholarly journals:

 
   
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