If you need scholarly articles (sometimes called peer-reviewed or academic articles) for your assignments but you are unsure about what one looks like, take a quick look through our handy guide.
- Articles are often peer-reviewed:
- The article has been reviewed and scrutinised by other scholarly experts before it’s been published
- Published in academic journals which are written for other experts in the field
- Ex: International Review of Hydrobiology, Journal of Chemometrics, Humanities Review Journal etc.
- Longer in length
- Includes a bibliography
- Uses a standardised citation style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)
- Authors are experts in the article’s subject matter
TIP: search for scholarly articles in the library’s databases.
Popular Articles: (Magazine/Newspaper/Media):
- Shorter in length
- Published in magazines that are written for the general public
- Ex: Time, Maclean’s, Reader’s Digest, The New Yorker, National Geographic, etc.
- Often they do not include a bibliography
- Often do not follow a standardised citation style
- Authors are often reporters, not experts in their article’s subject matter
- Illustrations are included for marketing or aesthetic appeal
TIP: Search for popular articles in internet search engines (like Google).
Source: Gina Garber.
If you need help finding articles please stop by the Library Service Desk or contact us here.