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Scholarly Journals and Journal Articles

    What makes a journal or article scholarly?


Scholarly journals are published by colleges, universities, or professional academic organizations.  They contain research articles by scholars in the field they cover.

 

Scholarly articles, whether written by one author or contributed to by many authors, share some common traits.  They are written by experts-- researchers, professionals, professors, and other scholars-- to present research, analyze trends, and otherwise communicate with their peers in the same field.  They are published in scholarly journals, and they are often peer reviewed.

 

The author or authors’ credentials are often listed and are relevant to the topic of the article.  

Sample of a paper with author's credentials highlighted

From “Literature, Geography, and the Spaces of Interdisciplinarity” by Laura Dassow Walls

 

Scholarly articles often refer to outside sources which are cited within the article:  Sample of an article with in-line citations highlighted

 

From “Literature, Geography, and the Spaces of Interdisciplinarity” by Laura Dassow Walls

 

Sources are usually listed at the end in a works cited list or bibliography:

Sample of an article with Works Cited list highlighted

From “Literature, Geography, and the Spaces of Interdisciplinarity” by Laura Dassow Walls

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