Q. How do I know if the article I found is from a scholarly source?


A scholarly journal is a publication dedicated to publishing articles that expand human knowledge in a particular field.  Articles published in scholarly journals are written by scholars for scholars, and the terminology and general writing level of the articles reflects the expected background and knowledge level of the intended audience.

Characteristics of an article in a scholarly journal:

  • Dense text and simple format
  • Authors credentials are listed
  • Article has an abstract
  • Graphs and charts, but no glossy photographs
  • Presence of citations and a list of resources
  • Subject to peer review

Examples of a Scholarly Journal include:

  • American Economic Review
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Journal of the National Cancer Institute


  • Last Updated Jul 26, 2017
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  • Answered By Carl Ralston

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