Articles come from a variety of sources including newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.
Articles are useful because...
1. They are current
2. They cover very specific aspects of a particular topic
3. Articles from scholarly journals provide current research for very specific topics, and are peer-reviewed
Your instructor may ask you to use only scholarly resources for your paper.
Scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources include books and articles published in scholarly journals, encyclopedias, and books. These sources are reviewed by a panel of experts in that particular field, and are often published by a professional association or a university press. These experts ensure the information published is credible before accepting it for publication.
Non-Scholarly sources include websites, magazines, newspapers, and books that undergo no expert review prior to publishing.
Check with your instructor if you plan to use non-scholarly sources and use the CRAAP test to evaluate them.
Use the following online databases to find mostly scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. Each database allows you to refine your search in many ways: by adding keywords, by date, by type of publication, and many other features. You can print, save or email articles and also get the APA citation.
Some of the hallmarks of a scholarly journal are:
Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
|SCHOLARLY JOURNALS||POPULAR JOURNALS||TRADE JOURNALS|
|Purpose||Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field.||Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis.||Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.|
|Authors||Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field.||Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff.||Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.|
|Audience||Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts.||Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists.||Intended for practitioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.|