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Scholarly Articles, Journals, and Databases

Scholarly journals: aka = Peer Reviewed, Primary Journals, Research Journals

Generally, Scholarly Journals have the following in common

  • Peer Review (Refereed)  - Blind, double blind.  Other subject specialist review the submitted research for its viability to be published within the journal
  • Follow citation guidelines for citing sources common within that scholastic discipline
  • Place of FIRST published research on a topic
  • Often more than one author, particularly in scientific research
  • Ethics statement - how human and animal subjects are treated within experiments
  • Use research methods tied to the subject discipline. 

Common Elements of Scholarly Articles 

  • Abstract (summary of article often written by author)
  • Footnotes/References
  • May include survey or study results
  • Discussion based on research and subject expertise Conclusion

  • Scholarly article example: 

    Trager, K. D. (2005). Reading in the borderland: An ethnographic study of serious readers in a mega-bookstore cafe. Communication Review, 8(2), 185-236. doi:10.1080/10714420590953316.

Selecting databases 

Online electronic databases such as Academic Search Premier and Academic OneFile provide access to  magazine and journal articles.  These two databases cover a broad selection of publications, some scholarly and some for a more popular audience. Both databases allow you to limit your searches to scholarly "peer reviewed" publications.

Use scholarly databases for more academic, in-depth research, and peer reviewed articles

Search for scholarly articles on your topic by selecting databases such as the subject databses listed below:  SMC librarians explain scholary

Anthropological Literature
SocINDEX with Full Text
JSTOR
Ethnic NewsWatch

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