What is a Scholarly Journal Article?

What is a Scholarly Journal Article?

Someday soon, you’ll need to find a scholarly
journal article for a project or research paper. Awesome. No problem. But, wait a second,
what is a “scholarly journal article?” How is it different from a popular source like a
newspaper or magazine article? Good question! Let’s break down the
differences. Scholarly journals enable scholars — experts in
a particular academic field — to communicate their research with other
experts by publishing articles. It also allows them to stay current by reading
about other scholars’ work. Consequently, scholarly journals create a
community of experts who are all participating in
a kind of “conversation” in that academic field. Rather than a face-to-face conversation, this is a
formal conversation, this is a formal conversation which takes place over months and years
through these scholarly articles. The most important part of this long term written
conversation, what makes it a “scholarly”
conversation is what’s called the “peer review process.” The
peer review process works like this: in order for a scholar to get published in a
scholarly journal, his or her expert peers must
first read their work and critique it. These “peer reviewers” make sure the scholar
has made valid arguments, and that he or she has cited appropriate experts in the field to
support the argument. This is why you may hear scholarly articles
referred to as peer-reviewed articles. The terms
are often used interchangeably. This rigorous evaluation process ensures
scholarly work meets a higher standard than popular publications and it allows other
scholars to rely on these articles for their own
research. So, why is this important for you? First, the information in a scholarly text has
been carefully evaluated so it is more reliable and credible than
information in popular sources. Second, reading scholarly journal articles for
your projects can give you insight into professional
argumentation and research practices. And finally, every scholarly text has an extensive
bibliography that will introduce you to important
texts in the field which can help you extend your research in
that area. When you read the articles and books the
scholar cited has in his or her article, you are
taking part in the scholarly conversation and getting leads additional sources for your
own work! Okay, so where are these scholarly articles
hiding? Let’s say you’re in a research database
and you only want scholarly articles. How do you do it? In EBSCO’s Academic Search Complete, you
check the box for “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed)
Journals” before clicking the search button. This limits the search results to material found
only in peer-reviewed publications. Note that some material in these publications such as book reviews and editorials, may not be
peer-reviewed. To make sure, click the article title and check
that the document type is an “article” or “journal
article.” To make sure, click the article title and check
that the document type is an “article” or “journal
article.” Other research databases have similar features. For more information on this, please, Ask Us.

One thought on “What is a Scholarly Journal Article?

  1. I love it! Thanks for this; I'll be sure to share it with my students.

    One question: I notice that you have a very similar video up that was published a couple years earlier, using much of the same script. How would you describe the differences between the two? Was it not doing what you needed it to in some way?

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