Answered By: Rhonda Gilbraith
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2016     Views: 58

It helps to know this research terminology

Scholarly Resources: Each fact or opinion is documented (author provides a list of references with the title, author, and page number of the resource used).  

Peer-reviewed Resources
: Selected and approved by a panel of experts. This term usually refers to journal articles. Many online databases allow you to limit your searches to peer reviewed/refereed articles.

These questions can help in determining whether an article is a quality scholarly resource:

Journal vs. Trade Publication / Magazine

- Is the article in an academic journal? (Not a trade publication or a magazine.) 
  Don't know the difference? Check out this Powerpoint on Evaluating Periodicals.


- Is the author a recognized expert on the article's topic?

- Is the author affiliated with a college or university?

- Does the author have a master's or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline?

- Is the author giving a biased interpretation of the facts?


- Is the article peer-reviewed? HINT-EBSCO databases like Academic Search Premier will list whether a journal is peer reviewed. Simply go to the article's full citation page and click on the journal's name. Peer Reviewed: Yes should appear at the bottom of the next page.

Clicking on journal title

- Does the article have a list of references / bibliography?

- How long is the article? (Longer is usually better.)

- Does the article include primary research in the form of interviews, surveys, or data from a research study?

- Is information accurate and current?


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