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Historical Geology (Honors) | Spears: Scholarly Information Sources

Spring 2019

Scholarly Articles

Information levels

Peer-reviewed articles (sometimes called refereed articles or generically called "scholarly" articles) are a very specific kind of source.

Characteristics of Scholarly Articles:

  • Expert authors formally trained & educated in their specific discipline
  • Extensive citations in a works cited list as well as in-text citations
  • Articles themselves tend to be lengthy and have long, precise titles
  • Purpose is to inform; therefore, they don't have flashy layouts or graphics
  • Published by educational or professional institutions

If an article is peer-reviewed, other experts in that field have critically reviewed the article for content (looking at the research process, the conclusions vs the evidence, and so on). They may make suggestions for revision before the article is allowed to be published.


Accessing the Databases

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Suggested Databases

Open-Access Geology Journals

These open-access journals also provide scholarly articles but do not require any special access to read or download.