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PSY206 - Social Psychology - Harris: Peer-Reviewed Journals

How to Recognize Scholarly Journal Articles

Scholarly Articles

Scholarly, Academic or Peer-Reviewed journals are important sources of quality information within a given field. Each field of study or profession has its own set of academic journals. It is in these journals that scholars and experts share research findings with each other. The articles are written by scholars, experts, researcher or academics and the author(s) is(are) always stated. The authors are not employed by the journal, they usually work at a college or university, research lab, or in the field. 
Peer reviewed articles are judged by a panel of experts before they are published. These are quality sources which usually contain bibliographic references and original research.

Your professor is requiring you to use these sources for your research. How do you find them? Many of our databases will allow you to limit your search to only scholarly, academic or peer-reviewed articles. Look for these words in the advance search options in many of our databases.


  Scholarly Journals
What's in them? Articles that present original research studies. Reviews of books relevant to scholars in the discipline.
  Language is very technical, and article authors assume some scholarly background of the reader.
Who writes for them? An expert or team of experts in the particular topic of study (scholars, researchers or academics).
  Author's credentials are usually listed with the article
Do they cite their sources? Sources and references are cited or listed.
What's their purpose To share information with other scholars.
What do they look like? Has a serious look and often contain many graphs and charts but few glossy pages or colorful pictures.
How long are the articles? Long and in depth, often 10 pages or more.
What is their review process? Peer reviewed - articles are reviewed by a panel of experts before they are included in the journal.

Where to Find Scholarly Journal Articles

Most of our databases contain scholarly journal articles. After you've searched for your topic use the Advanced Search or limiters provided by the database to narrow your results to scholarly journals.

Try our SNAP! Search to find scholarly/peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics. Look for the "peer-reviewed" option under "Limit to" on the left-side menu on the results page.

Try some of the databases listed below to find scholarly journal articles as well. Follow the instructions below to narrow your search.

Finding Scholarly Journal Articles

Finding Scholarly Journals

Once you have conducted a search in one of the databases look for options such as, "Academic Journals", "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed" to limit your search to scholarly journal articles.