Finding Scholarly Articles

What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly articles are those articles published in scholarly journals, covering academic and scientific research.  Scholarly journals are often referred to as Refereed or Peer Reviewed.

How do I search for and find scholarly articles?

Search for scholarly articles using library search engines (also called databases).  In the databases, look for links to limit by Academic Sources or Peer Review Sources.

  • Academic Search Complete is the best general place to start for any topic.
  • Omnifile Full Text Mega is also a good multi-disciplinary database for any topic.
  • Jstor is a great database and all full text covering humanities and social sciences.  HINT: Jstor does not include the most recent articles, only those that are about 5 years old and back.
  • Find subject specific search engines using the Library Subject Guides
  • Tutorials are available to help you search for articles.

How can I tell if an article is scholarly?

  • In general, scholarly articles:
    • Are written for an academic audience
    • Contain a credible list of citations/references
    • Include in text citations
    • Often contain an abstract, literature review, methodology, results, or discussion.

How can I be absolutely sure my journal article is scholarly?

  1. Go to a website called Ulrich's Periodical Directory
  2. Type in the Title of the journal in the upper right search box
  3. When you find the link to the journal, click on it
  4. Look for the Document Type to say "Journal; Academic/Scholarly"