Research-based scholarly articles are written by scholars, researchers, and experts in an academic or professional field to keep each other up to date on their research and to stimulate academic discussions. These articles can be found in scholarly or peer-reviewed journals.
Because of their purpose, scholarly articles will usually have original research or in-depth analysis of a topic. They will be written in academic language and contain technical terms from that discipline. Scholarly articles will have bibliographies (sometimes called "references") listing all the materials the authors used in their research.
Tip: the bibliography can point you to other sources of information on the topic, which you may use for your paper.
You are required to find scholarly articles for your research papers in this class. It is very common for college professors to require students to use scholarly articles when they assign research papers or essays in their classes.
The easiest way to find scholarly articles is through Kirk Library's online article databases listed on the next page. Tip: you can limit your search results to show only full-text articles that are published in scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. This will help you filter out articles that were not published in scholarly journals (e.g., those published in newspapers, magazines, etc.).
Look for the following characteristics of a scholarly article. If you have any doubts, check with your professor to make sure.