How Do I Decide if a Source is Scholarly?
What is a Scholarly Journal?
Has your professor asked you to use articles from "scholarly journals" in your assignment? How do you know if a journal or magazine is scholarly?
- Are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars
- Use the language of the discipline
- Are often refereed or peer reviewed by specialists before being accepted for publication
- Include full citations for sources
- Book reviews or editorials are not considered scholarly articles, even when found in scholarly journals
- Are written by journalists or professional writers for a general audience
- Use non-technical language
- Are not reviewed by other specialists before being accepted for publication
- Rarely give full citations for sources
|SCHOLARLY JOURNAL||POPULAR MAGAZINE|
|AUDIENCE||Scholarly readers (professors, researchers, students)familiar with the language of the field||General population with non-technical background|
|PURPOSE||To make original research available to the scholarly world||To provide general information that is either informative or entertaining|
|AUTHOR||Experts in the field with their credentials identified||Staff or free-lance writers; occasionally scholarly writers|
|SOURCES||Bibliography of cited sources documenting the research||No bibliography; names of reports or references may be mentioned in the text|
|PUBLICATION CRITERIA||Peer-reviewed or Refereed||No specific criteria|
|FORMAT||Generally follows a structure including abstract, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography||No specific format or structure|
|APPEARANCE||Usually the same for all articles, minimal advertising, little or no color, graphics used to support text.||Varied formats, lots of advertising, lots of glossy color; graphics used to enhance articles.|