3. Scholarly Articles as Sources

You may be the least familiar with using scholarly articles as sources, and it may take a little practice to differentiate scholarly articles from other types of articles. Here are several ways to recognize scholarly articles and some important features of scholarly articles:

Scholarly articles are found in journals. See the image below for an example of what the first page of a typical journal article looks like, including the journal name, article title, authors and where the authors work.
Scholarly Title

Scholarly articles are peer-reviewed, what this means is that the journal's editor sends the article to other researchers to see if they think the research is okay before the editor agrees to publish the article.

Scholarly articles contain specific information about original research the author(s) has done. This means that often scholarly articles will contain data or results (like in the image below) that you can use in developing your argument.
original research

Scholarly articles are written for researchers in a particular field, for example Exercise Physiologists, Child Psychologists, or Education professionals.  This means that scholarly articles assume the readers understand a lot of the context already and do not always provide background about specialized terminology or basic theories in the field.  You may need to do extra research to understand some of what is said in scholarly articles.

You can recognize scholarly articles by some predictable features.  Besides being peer-reviewed, they will also always clearly label the article title, the journal the article is in, the authors' names and where they work.  Scholarly articles will almost always have an abstract (see image below) or summary at the beginning and will always have a list of references (see image below) the authors cited at the end.



Watch this video to see scholarly sources compared to popular sources: