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Evaluating Sources: Types of Information

What is a Scholarly Article?

Common Characteristics:

  • written by and for specialists in a particular subject.
  • usually narrow in focus with a detailed analysis of a topic.
  • often contains original research or new findings.
  • contains cited references.
  • usually (but not always) peer reviewed. Peer reviewed articles go through a strict evaluation and approval process before they're published. Sometimes they are also called refereed or juried articles.

Note:  Peer reviewed articles are not limited to science.  All academic fields/subject areas use a peer review process to ensure quality and accuracy.

How to Find Scholarly Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly peer reviewed articles are included in many library databases. Use a research guide to find the best database for your subject or use the library's JEWL Search.

1. Enter your keywords / topics. 

2.  On the search results page, use the filters in the left column under the "Limit To" menu:

  • Select "Scholarly/Peer Reviewed/Academic"
  • Select "Online Only (Full Text)" to view results from the online databases with full-text links to the article PDFs.  
  • Select "Online + Print" to view results from both the online databases and the print journals owned by the library. 
  • An optional "Publication Date" limiter is also available.

 

Parts of a Scholarly Article

Parts can be combined depending upon the journal publisher's preferred format. The most commonly combined sections are: (1) introduction with literature review; and (2) results with discussion.

  • Abstract--summary of the article
  • Introduction--why the research was done
  • Literature Review -- previously published research about the same or related topics
  • Materials and Methods--how the research was done
  • Results--what the data revealed
  • Discussion--opinion or importance of the results
  • Conclusion-- decision or opinion formed based on the results
  • References--list of citations for all published research mentioned within the article

Short Tutorials for Evaluating & Using Sources -- Academic Writing

In the tutorials below, use the numbers at the bottom of each page to progress through the short tutorials

Credit: The tutorials were created for The Write Site at University of Sydney, College of Humanities & Social Sciences and are for educational use only.