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Assignment | Interpersonal Speech | (Fontenot): Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Information

Spring 2020 | SPCH 1315 (Fontenot)

The Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Process

Simplified peer-review 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 disciplineInformation levels
  • 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