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Library DIY: Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Articles

Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Resources

Research projects often have specific instructions about the types of resources you can use to complete your assignment. One of the more common specifications is requires you include scholarly resources. Knowing what types of resources can make it much easier to complete your assignment because you already have a starting point! However, sometimes, it can be confusing to remember the difference between all of the types of information available!

What is a scholarly article? A scholarly article is written by an expert in their field, and is an excellent resource to find out what has been studied or researched about a particular topic. Additionally, look at the bibliography for a are great resources for finding additional sources.

Are “scholarly” and “peer reviewed” the same? Sometimes! “Peer reviewed” means that the article and research was reviewed and evaluated by other experts in the field before it can be accepted for publication. Some publications require this, but others do not. Many use the terms “scholarly” and “peer reviewed” interchangeably. “Academic journal articles” and “research journal artlces” are some additional terms you may encounter. Rest assured; in the majority of cases you can use any scholarly or peer reviewed articles for your research. If you have concerns, double check with your instructor if you have any questions about the requirements for your resources.

How can I tell the difference between scholarly, trade and popular articles? We’ve created a chart for you to outline the typically criteria for each of the most common types of journal articles you’ll run into. Unfortunately, some journals may not meet all of the criteria and will seem to fit it multiple categories. If that happens, it’s best to check with your instructor or librarian to determine what type of article it is!

How can I find scholarly resources? Use Full Search on the library homepage.

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