Sometimes you may not be able to immediately tell if an article is scholarly or not. This is especially true when finding articles through search engines like Google. Online articles tend to often be popular and not so often are scholarly. Watch the 3:00 minute video above for more information.
All scholarly articles share some similar characteristics. So when trying to determine if an article is scholarly, consider if the article has the following features:
PLEASE NOTE: You may also see or hear the term "peer reviewed" when talking about scholarly articles. Peer review refers to a specific part of the process of getting a scholarly article published. Most (but not all) scholarly articles go through peer review.
Articles are written by experts, and the peer review process means that other experts have read that article and believe that the expert author is definitely knowledgeable in the topic being addressed.
See the videos below that talk about peer-reviewed articles.
A peer reviewed article is one that has been reviewed by other experts or scholars in the field who judge the article for quality and new contributions to the discipline. Peer-reviewed articles may also be called scholarly or refereed. The best place to start your search is in the library database.
Strategy #1: Limit your search to only peer reviewed articles
Strategy #2: Find out more about the journal your article was published in
Peer review is a process that some scholarly articles undergo. Not all scholarly articles are peer reviewed. All peer-reviewed articles are part of the scholarly literature.
Scholarly articles are articles written by and for academics and experts in a specific discipline or area of academic study.
Peer reviewed articles have been reviewed prior to publication by other experts in the subject area of the article.
Very often the terms "scholarly" and "peer reviewed" are used interchangeably.