How to Identify a Scholarly Journal

How to Identify a Scholarly Journal

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Many assignments require that you use articles from Scholarly Journals.

Click here for an online tutorial on What Makes a Journal Scholarly.  (At Rutgers)

Click here for a printable handout on Scholarly versus Popular. (pdf)

Scholarly Journals:

  • Are written by and for professionals or scholars (historians, scientists, psychologists) 
  • Focus on a particular field of study
  • Use technical language
  • Have few color photographs or ads
  • Have long articles with lists of references (bibliographies)

    Here are some examples:
Tamura, Eileen H.  Jewel of the Desert: Japanese American Internment  at Topaz. 
Journal of American Ethnic History v16, n2 (Wntr, 1997):103 (3 pages).

Gallagher, James J.  Unthinkable Thoughts: Education of Gifted Students. Gifted Child Quarterly v44, n1 (Wntr, 2000):5 (8 pages).
Last modified: 5/9/2008 2:06 PM by by Z. Wang

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