Q. How do I differentiate between a scholarly and popular periodical?
A scholarly (peer-reviewed) article must go through a review process before publication. During this review process, the article is evaluated (critiqued) by experts in the academic discipline.
Here are some tips for identifying a peer-reviewed article:
- The source title in which the article is published may include the word "Journal" or perhaps the word "Research."
- The author's academic credentials/affiliation will typically be listed at the beginning of the article.
- The article will typically include an abstract (summary) at the beginning.
- The article will describe an original study (experiment) or will provide a literature review that evaluates research by other scholars.
- A list of cited works or references will be provided at the end of the article. This list is often labeled with the term "References" or "Works Cited."
Please Note: Many of the library's databases provide the option to limit your search to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles. Although this limit option will limit the search results to articles published in scholarly/peer-reviewed journals, the results may also include letters to the editor, editorials, and book reviews, all of which have not gone through a peer-review process.
See this research guide that includes a video on Scholarly Vs. Popular Periodicals.