What is a Scholarly or "Peer-Reviewed" Journal?
It is important to recognize the differences
between scholarly ('peer-reviewed') journals and popular magazines.
Examples: American Historical Review,
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
- Have a serious appearance. May include
tables, graphs or pictures to accompany research.
- Little or no advertising.
- The words "Journal," "Transactions,"
"Proceedings," or "Quarterly," may appear in the title.
- Written for professors, students or
- Signed by the authors.
- Articles are reviewed by a board of
experts or "peer reviewed."
- Follow a format: abstract, literature
review, methodology, results, conclusion, possibly footnotes, endnotes and/or
Examples: Men's Health, U.S. News and
World Report, Rolling Stone
- May have a bright cover with many glossy
- Designed to attract a broad segment
of the population.
- No specific format.
- Articles sometimes unsigned.
- General editors of the magazine review
- May include tables, graphs or illustrations.
- Lots of advertising.
Proquest and other article databases allow
you to limit to only scholarly (or PEER-REVIEWED) journals. Other databases
contain only articles from scholarly journals. If you are not certain if your
journal is scholarly or if you do not know how to limit to scholarly journals
in your search, ASK AT THE REFERENCE DESK.