Your sources of information can be popular sources, written by staff writers & meant to provide general information for the general public, or scholarly sources, researched & written by professional researchers & experts in their fields to provide the latest discussion & research to other researchers in that field.
Scholarly articles are often your best choice for finding research, and professors often require you to use scholarly articles in your papers and presentations.
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Peer review is a form of quality control--an extra step that articles can go through before being published.
Peer-review articles are specifically scholarly articles that go through a process of review by the author’s peers.
The peer review process is very different from the publication process for a popular magazine, such as Time. Popular magazine articles are written by staff writers for a general audience. These staff writers submit the articles to their editors, who then decide whether the article will be published.
No--they need to be read critically & evaluated, just like any source of information. But because of peer review, they are are less likely than other sources of information to have error. Yet they can also be very biased; see the readings below.
Read these to find out more:
Yes, there are predatory & fake journals out there! Reader beware! Take a look at these:
Scholarly articles are the best resources for quality information.
Learning to read them & other scholarly resources effectively is the key to using them effectively in your own research and writing!
Once you are in the database and looking at the results of your initial search, look for an option to limit to Scholarly, Academic, or Peer Reviewed articles/journals.
First, take the challenge below.
Then to learn more, proceed to the next page in our tutorial: Research Databases.
Take a look at these three articles::
Which articles are scholarly? And how do you know? Choose the article(s) below that you think could be scholarly & find out!
Sorry--Wrong Answer! This is NOT a scholarly article. Here are some clues:
Sorry--Wrong Answer! This is a NOT a scholarly article. Here are some clues:
Correct! This is a scholarly article. Here are some clues: