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Eng / Span 100 (Hakala): Resource Types

What to Look for in a Scholarly Article

Scholarly Journals


Popular Magazines

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals

Vanderbilt University, Peabody Library, 3:12

Popular Article Example

Popular articles from credible sources are considered "Serious, not Scholarly". They are published in magazines like Newsweek, Time, The New Yorker, etc. They can also be found in newspapers and reference sources.
The Boxcar Children and the Spirit of Capitalism

Review Article Example

Review articles are written to bring together and summarize the results/conclusions from multiple original research articles/studies. They will not usually have a methodology section, and they generally have very extensive bibliographies.

Cultural Criminology and Kryptonite: Apocalyptic and Retributive Constructions of Crime and Justice in Comic Books

Ulrichs Global Serials Directory

Not sure if an article is scholarly or popular?  Ulrichs has detailed information on more than 300,000 publications.  Enter journal/magazine title in the search box and find your publication.  Then, look for Academic/Scholarly in the Content Type field.

Scholarly Article Example

Original research articles are based on extensive research and study. They are part of a scholarly conversation, and as such, they comment on and extend or refute other arguments. They have been selected for inclusion in the journals where they appear by experts in that particular field.

'Two's Company, Three's a Crowd?': Reading interracial romance in contemporary Asian American young adult fiction

Scholarly Limits in Search Tools

Often search tools have limiters so you can narrow to Scholarly journal articles.


from ProQuest platformproquest scholarly facet

from EBSCOhost platform

scholarly facet ebsco


Others database may not have this obvious feature e.g. Web of Science which only includes scholarly journal articles.  It assumes that the searcher knows its limit for Articles represents Scholarly articles

Even though the journals are scholarly not all citations will take you to are peer-reviewed articles.  For example, editorials may be included.  Though an editorial may be available in a scholarly journal it is not a peer-reviewed article.  Look for other limits to eliminate results such as editorials, book reviews, news items, and corrections.

limits in web of science