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The Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Process
How to Read a Scholarly Research Article
Characteristics of Scholarly Articles
Peer-reviewed articles (sometimes called refereed articles or generically called "scholarly" articles) are a very specific kind of source. Expect these elements:
- 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.
Tutorial: Reading Scholarly Articles
Reading a Scholarly Research Article (Tutorial)
This tutorial walks through analyzing and reading a scholarly article to decide whether to use as a source, starting with the abstract and intro, jumping to the conclusion, and also taking a look at the article references. Certificate provided at the end for completion.