What's a Scholarly Journal?
Imagine this scenario: You have a major term paper due, and your instructor has given you a list of the types of sources you need to site in your paper. One of the sources is something called a "scholarly journal," but you have no idea what that means.
According to the Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science, a scholarly journal is:
A periodical devoted to disseminating original research and commentary on current developments in a specific discipline, subdiscipline, or field of study, usually published in quarterly, bimonthly, or monthly issues sold by subscription. Journal articles are usually written by the person (or persons) who conducted the research. Longer than most magazine articles, they almost always include a bibliography or list of works cited at the end.
In other words, it is a journal written for a specific subject; for example, a journal about literary studies or physical therapy. But it is more than that. To be considered "scholarly" the articles have to be evaluated by experts in the field. These experts check the research behind the articles in the journal, which is why articles from scholarly journals usually include a works cited or bibliography.
More on Defining a Scholarly Journal
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Other Names for a Scholarly Journal
- Academic journal
Finding Journal Articles
You can find journal articles at the Learning Commons by looking through the print journals or by looking in our electronic databases.