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I found articles using the data base but I am not sure whether or not they are scholarly

by Alexis Burson 5/9/2008 9:25:00 AM
I'd be happy to help! Once you've found articles in a database, you can determine if they are scholarly through a number of means. The first way is to take a look at the articles to determine if they are scholarly. They should meet the specific criteria of a scholarly article. For example, scholarly articles are written for an academic audience, not the general reader. They tend to be lengthier than magazine articles and list references. Scholarly sources often cite studies, statistics, or include other types of data. For a more thorough list of identifying features of scholarly publications visit:

http://library.duke.edu/services/instruction/libraryguide/scholarlyjournal.html

If you're still not sure if an article is from a scholarly journal, you can look it up in Ulrich's, a periodical directory available online in the library's A-Z database list.

I hope this helps and follow up if you have other questions.

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