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AJS - Administration of Justice: Find Articles

Make things easy on yourself

Email articles to yourself.  Most databases make this very easy.

These emails will include the citation (MLA, APA, etc.) for the articles, which will save you lots of time.

What are Peer-Reviewed Articles?

Does your instructor require you to use scholarly, or peer-reviewed articles? What the heck does that mean? Watch the video below from Vanderbuilt University to find out!

Academic or Scholarly Journal

 In scholarly articles the author/s have credentials, use vocabulary unique to the field and give their references.

The Format of a Scholarly Article:

  1. Abstract
  2. Introduction
  3. Literature Review
  4. Methods and Data
  5. Analysis and Results
  6. Discussion and Conclusion
  7. References

Top Article Databases

You can use article databases to find articles from magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and trade journals.

Remember that you can print, email, and save articles from databases.

Remember that the databses include the citation (APA) when you email the article.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Scholarly, Popular, Trade?

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 JournalsPopular JournalsTrade 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 practititioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.