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Answered By: Jean Reese
Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016     Views: 64

Instructors often request that you use research from scholarly or "academic" journals. Articles in journals present in-depth, original research in a specific field of study.  These articles have been reviewed by other scholars in the field for scholastic standards and validity.

Professional journals may also contain profession or industry-related news. 
Sometimes, these articles are called "peer-reviewed". 

Scholarly articles differ from more popular articles available in magazines and newspapers.  If you are unsure whether a publication is popular or scholarly, refer to the chart:

Most scholarly articles are not found on the Web.  Instead, use the JEWL search found on the Library home page.  By searching these databases, you can limit your results to peer-reviewed / scholarly journal articles. 

There are also a number of subect-specific databases that contain scholarly journal articles. For a complete list of databases by subject, use the Databases A-Z list. 

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