A scholarly article is published in a peer-reviewed, academic journal. It uses specific terms and language (or jargon) and is written by scholars for an academic audience, typically for other scholars in the same discipline.
To find scholarly journal articles for your research paper, you need to know some features that distinguish scholarly articles from news, magazine, and general webpage articles. These differences exist whether you find the articles through an internet search or a library database.
|What to Know
|Scholarly Journal Articles
|Popular Articles (news, magazines, webpages)
|Who writes them?
|Experts in a field
Scholars or Professors
|Reporters or journalists
|Who reads them?
Researchers and Experts
|What do they look like?
"Serious" looking - mostly text, some charts, graphs, or tables
Articles online or in databases are often in PDF format to appear similar to a print journal
Glossy, color photographs
Articles online often have hyperlinks to other relevant articles throughout the text
What are they about?
Original research studies or experiments
Entertainment and popular culture
Who reviews them?
Peer reviewers - an editorial board of experts in the discipline
Staff editors and publishers
What are they used for?
Finding current research about a specific aspect of your topic
Broad overviews of current topics
|What are some examples?
Scholarly articles go through the peer review process. This video describes peer review.