What is a Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Article?
What is a Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly article?
Scholarly or academic journals (also called “Refereed” journals) feature articles written by researchers and practioners who have expertise in a particular subject area. Articles in these journals are considered “peer-reviewed” when the article has been critically reviewed by a group of professional colleagues, experts, or specialists on the article’s subject matter. Thus a peer-reviewed article in a scholarly journal must be reviewed by a group of subject experts while in a popular magazine, like Time, the article may be reviewed only by an editor or editorial board.
How do I find Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly articles?
- Use databases which have journal articles from academic sources. Avoid databases with newspaper articles and those with mainly articles from popular magazines like Time and Newsweek.
- When you use a database, look for a box labelled “Scholarly” or “Peer Reviewed” or an option to limit your results to “Peer-Reviewed” articles.
Primary Source Documents
WHAT IS A PRIMARY SOURCE?
A primary source of information is firsthand observation, experience, testimony, or original documentation about a person, place, or thing. For example, a study conducted personally by an article’s authors.
Examples of Primary sources:
- Government documents
- Narratives, letters, diaries
- Written or visual works composed during the particular period in time being studied.
- Statistics or other data