What is a scholarly journal article? Also known as peer reviewed or refereed, scholarly articles are written by experts in a particular field. Before an article is published in a scholarly journal, it is reviewed by other experts (peers). This ensures that a scholarly journal is publishing high quality information.
Characteristics of scholarly journal articles include:
Why use scholarly journal articles? These are credible and authoritative sources of information. Using scholarly articles in your writing shows that you understand the value of good evidence and that you know how and where to find it.
Where do you find scholarly journal articles? In your library's databases. Not every article published in a database will be scholarly, but most databases allow you to refine a search and limit to peer reviewed or scholarly journal articles.
Good academic writing will include information gathered from scholarly journals as well as other credible sources of information.
"Scholarly Journals" image by Thomasina Lovejoy
"Popular and Scholarly Sources", John M. Pfau Library: https://youtu.be/f-17MbjEws4
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"Why Use a Database" and "Searching a Database" based on Cardinal Stritch University's "Introduction to Databases" tutorial: https://library.stritch.edu/Guides/Library-Resources/Using-Library-Resources/Introduction-to-Databases
"Database Record", Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, UWM Libraries: https://guides.library.uwm.edu/infolit