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Scholarly Resources

Scholarly journals are a type of periodical that are often referred to as refereed or peer-reviewed journals. Refereed journals contain articles that are evaluated by at least one subject expert as well as the editor before being accepted for publication. Before accepting a peer-reviewed journal for publication, editors solicit the impartial opinions of several subject experts from the research and academic community.

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Scholarly Journals v. Magazines
Scholarly Journals
Popular Magazines


Publish articles written by scholars and researchers. Journals are often published by professional associations. Articles in journals usually include bibliographies.

Publish articles written for a general audience. Articles in magazines rarely include bibliographies.

Language Style/Audience 

Written in a more technical language for professors, researchers, and students in a particular field.

Written in simple, non-technical language for the general public.


The author is usually an expert or specialist in the field; name and credentials (degrees, etc.) are always provided.

The author is usually a professional writer on the staff of the magazine or a journalist; names may not be given.

Length/Types of Information

Usually longer articles that present original research and original interpretation of data or in-depth analysis of topics.

Usually shorter articles, with general facts about a subject.

Bibliography (Works Cited)

A bibliography and/or footnotes are always present to credit and document sources of information used in the article.

Usually no formal bibliography, although names of reports and other sources may be identified in the text of the article.

Editors/Review of Articles

Scholarly articles are usually reviewed and evaluated by a board of experts ("editorial board") in the field. This is known as "peer-reviewed" or "refereed." Most Easley Library databases allow you to limit your search to "peer-reviewed" journals.

Articles are evaluated by editors on staff.

Illustrations/AdsGraphs, maps, statistics, or photographs that support the articles. Usually few ads.Usually glossy or color photographs and many ads.
ExamplesBusiness Ethics Quarterly
American Journal of Health Behavior
Journal of Counseling Psychology
African Studies Quarterly
Chaucer Review
Journal of Supercomputing
Business Week
Psychology Today
Hot Rod
Rolling Stone