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What is a Scholarly Article?
- 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. You can also use the library's Databases A-Z tool to find a list of library databases by subject or discipline.
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
Types of Journal & Magazine Articles
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.