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Answered By: Jean Reese
Last Updated: Jul 03, 2017     Views: 115

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:  Identifying Types of Journals.

Most scholarly articles are not found on the Web.  

  • Use 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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