Scholarly Research: For some research projects you may need to locate and select scholarly articles which are published in reviewed, peer reviewed, or refereed journals. These types of scholarly publications publish articles written by scholars, professors, or other experts in a praticular field of study; the articles are generally lengthy, in-depth, and include a bibliography, list of references, or endnotes. The author's credentials will most likely be posted and the language of the article will be technical and scholarly.
Scholarly Databases: While databases such as Academic OneFile and Academic Search Premier include a mixture of newsstand and scholarly publications, there are other databases which index primarily scholarly literature. To initiate a search of scholarly journal literature, select a database such as ERIC, EconLIT, MLA, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, Project Muse or JSTOR. ERIC is a database for accessing educational journal literature. Likewise, PsycINFO, EconLIT, MEDLINE, and the MLA literature database index scholarly journals, books, conference proceedings, and dissertations in other subject areas. JSTOR and Project Muse contain full text for many different disciplines and subject areas. Most of the materials indexed in these databases have been written by scholars, physicians, educators, or subject specialists. In addition to research based articles and books, you will also find book reviews, letters to the editor, and sometimes opinionated essays.
Although scholarly literature is generally published by highly respectable individuals and organizations, the responsibility for selecting and evaluating the content of any document remains with you as the researcher.