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Module 6: Evaluating Sources

Scholarly Journals

All types of publications may be useful for different purposes, but scholarly journals are often required for college-level research assignments.

scholarly journals

Scholarly Journals

  • Periodicals where researchers publish articles discussing recent research, literature reviews, theoretical concerns, and critical reviews of recently published work
  • Articles are written by experts
  • Often include reports of original research
  • Usually "peer-reviewed" or "refereed," meaning the articles have gone through a critical selection process by scholars in the field
  • Articles often include an introductory abstract
  • Include citations and bibliographies

Note: Please be aware that these categories are somewhat arbitrary.

You still need to use your own critical skills to distinguish between editorials, letters, reviews, and research material, regardless of the category of periodical in which the work appears.

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