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Remember, you will be searching for Scholarly/Peer Reviewed journal articles. In the key databases for your topic, you can limit your results to scholarly journals by clicking the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals. The chart below will help determine if a journal is scholarly or popular. For more information, go to http://www.twu.edu/library/scholarly.asp.
|PURPOSE||Review, report, and make available original research, experimentation, and information||Inform and/or entertain|
|AUTHORS & AUDIENCE||Written by and for scholars, researchers, and professionals in a particular field||Written by magazine staff or free-lance writers for the general public|
|FORMAT||Formal intellectual formats; graphs and charts; scholarly illustrations||Slick and glossy with attractive format; photographs and drawings to enhance their appeal|
|SOURCES||Usually cite sources with footnotes and/or bibliographies||May mention, but seldom cite, any sources|
|LANGUAGE||Technical terminology (with which the reader is assumed to be familiar) of the discipline||Informal language appropriate to a broad-based audience|
|ADVERTISING||May contain selective specialty advertising||Contain extensive advertising|
|EXAMPLES||Journal of Nutrition
American Journal of Education
Applied Nursing Research
Use Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT to combine subject words.
Try using an asterisk (*) to search for all forms of a word.
For example: type read* to find the words reads, readers, or reading
You can use the word "study" or the phrase "this study" in your search to find research articles. For more words to narrow your search, see the Handouts box below.