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Finding Scholarly Articles
The first step to finding articles is to pick your keywords.
How do I find Peer-Reviewed Articles?
These types of articles are ONLY found in Scholarly Journals. The best way to access scholarly journals is through our databases. To limit your results to Scholary (peer-reviewed) only.
Video: How to Identify Scholarly Articles--Carnegie Vincent Library (Youtube Mar 22, 2013)
What is a Peer-Reviewed, Refereed, or Scholarly Article?
Often, a Professor will specify that articles need to be peer-reviewed, scholarly or refereed (they all mean the same thing). A peer-review process means that other experts in the field reviewed the article's content prior to publication and determined it was scholarly.
Common components of a peer-reviewed article are:
- Abstract : a brief paragraph that describes the content of the article. TIP: If you cannot understand the abstract, you definitely won't be able to understand the article!
- Bibliography: Sources will be clear, usually at the end with a reference list but sometimes with footnotes or both.
- Authority: the author's credentials / affiliation will be clearly stated.
- Technical: and contain specific terminology relative to the topic and/or graphs, charts or complex mathematical equations or formulas.
It will likely be substantially longer than a magazine article. This tells you NOT to search in popular magazines, newspapers, trade journals and Google
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