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Students are often asked by faculty to use only scholarly articles when writing a paper. The purpose of the following information is to enable students to be able to distinguish between scholarly and popular articles.
A scholarly article is an article published in a peer-reviewed or refereed journal. Peer-review is a process by which an article is examined by a panel of experts in the subject area before it is allowed to be published.
Some of the characteristics of scholarly articles are:
Some examples of scholarly journals are:
A popular article is an article published in a trade magazine or publication. Their purpose is to entertain or inform the general reader.
Some of the characteristics of popular articles are:
Some examples of popular magazines are:
Where to start - EBSCOhost Academic Search Premier which is the library's general periodical index with many full-text articles. When using EBSCOhost it is very simple to limit your search to scholarly articles. The database provides a limiting function to find only peer-reviewed articles. On the search page, check off the box labeled Peer Reviewed.
For more information on searching EBSCOhost use the Research Guide to EBSCOhost which can also be obtained at the Reference Desk.
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Revised: November, 2001