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 both popular and 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.
You can also view all Magazine, Newspaper, and Journal Article databases.
Some of the hallmarks of a scholarly journal are: