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Assignment | Grant Proposal (Spears): Scholarly Information Sources

Spring 2021 | GEOLH 1404 | Prof. C. Spears

Scholarly Articles

Information levelsWhat do the scholars in your discipline say about your topic? Is there a gap in the research that you can explore? Peer-reviewed articles (sometimes called refereed articles or generically called "scholarly" articles) are a very specific kind of source to answer your questions.

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.


Below is a quick video on skimming these articles to evaluate how relevant, or helpful, the article is. Once you select an article for closer review be sure to download and save the article and the citation. (See Managing Your Research)


Finding Scholarly Articles

The resources below point you toward research databases containing scholarly articles in the sciences. LSC databases are subscription-based and the video below shows how to navigate to the database pages and how to authenticate for 24/7 access. Open access journals (no authentication necessary) are viable options for discovering what scholars are revealing and writing about in the disciplines.  

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LSC Research Databases

Open-Access Geology Journals

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

Tutorial with Certificate of Completion

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This activity will help break down the elements of a scholarly article. Master the elements and earn a Certificate of Completion!