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This guide is to help users distinguish among the levels of scholarship represented in journals, magazine, and newspaper articles.
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Guide Author

Karen Venturella

Scholarly/Academic/Refereed/Peer reviewed Journals

Scholarly journal articles, also called academic or peer-reviewed, tend to be written by experts in the field. Characteristics are:

  • Lengthy and detailed
  • Include abstract or summary of research
  • Written by specialists and experts doing original research
  • Reviewed and evaluated before publication
  • Intended for academic use
  • Use technical or professional language
  • Ends with reference list
  • Contain few, if any, advertisements

Below is an example from the journal titled Inorganic Chemistry


From: Belock, C.W., Cetin, A., Barone, N.V. & Ziegler, C. J. (2008). Transition metal coordination chemistry of N,N-Bis (2-{pyrid-2-ylethyl})hydroxylamine. Inorganic Chemistry, 47(16), 7114-7120.


    Examples of Scholarly Journals

    • American Economic Review
      American Economic Review is a peer-reviewed academic journal of economics. It is published with seven issues annually by the American Economic Association.
    • Harvard Business Review
      Published by the Harvard Business School, the articles cover a wide range of topics from leadership, strategy, finance, organizational change, operations and management.
    • Modern Fiction Studies
      A peer-reviewed academic journal edited by Purdue University's Department of English. Publishes articles on the topic of modernist and contemporary fiction using original research from literary scholars and includes book reviews.
    • Science
      Founded in 1880, Science is a peer-reviewed general science journal with scientific news, commentary, and cutting-edge research.

    Find Scholarly Articles

    In some databases like Academic Search Premier or Proquest Central, you can limit to scholarly (Peer-reviewed) journals. Some databases like JStor or Project Muse have a scholarly focus so the articles indexed are from scholarly sources. 



    Click here to search a list of journals, magazines, and newspapers in Sprague Library's collection.  The publication may be available in print, microform, or through an online database.


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