Answered By: Jeff Gates
Last Updated: Jul 06, 2015     Views: 22

Some databases have a way to limit your search to scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

For example, when searching EBSCOhost databases, select Advanced Search. Then select Scholar (Peer Reviewed) Journals under Limit your results.

Here are some characteristics of scholarly journals:

  • Journal title - frequently uses the word journal, review, bulletin, quarterly, or research
  • Cover - drab, usually one or two color
  • Frequency - usually published monthly or quarterly
  • Pagination - usually continuously paginated across issues, usually takes up many pages
  • Content - may have charts, graphs, and bibliographies or footnotes; contains few ads that tell about conferences and books
  • Article title - usually long, often describing the content of the article
  • Author - specialist in the field, short biography may be given

For a comparison between scholarly, trade, and popular periodicals, go to Three Types of Periodical Literature

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