What Is a Scholarly Journal?

Learn about scholarly journals and how to use them.

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Scholarly Journals: What Are They? When Should I Use Them?

Scholarly or academic journals are essential resources for doing academic research. While popular magazines like Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report are excellent sources of information on nearly any topic, they are written with the average reader in mind and do not include the depth of coverage that an academic researcher would need. For in-depth examination of a topic, academic, scholarly publications are the researcher's first choice.

Find Articles in Scholarly Journals

There are many ways to locate articles in scholarly journals, but one of the quickest ways to do so is to use the library's research databases to search for them. To find an appropriate database for searching, look through the library's subject list of databases.

What's a scholarly journal?

Articles in scholarly journals are written for and by experts in their chosen field and focus on a particular research interest, such as experimental psychology or aerodynamics. Scholarly journals are published in every academic discipline and are used as a means for scholars and researchers to share their research and discoveries with others who are also experts in their discipline. - Jim Alderman, UNF LibraryRead more.


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