Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2019     Views: 84

Academic or scholarly articles are written by scholars and experts who have have studied the field about which they are writing for years.

The articles are then published in a journal that specializes in scholarship in that field. If an article has been published in a scholarly journal, the publishers of the journal are essentially vouching for the quality of the article and you can have confidence that it is credible information. Here are some characteristics of scholarly articles:

  • Articles written by an expert, always signed (author's name listed)
  • Credentials of author listed, such as education and position
  • References and sources consulted are listed
  • Frequently includes graphs, charts
  • Frequently have abstracts
  • Aimed at people in the field or studying the field few or no ads

See more about scholarly articles and access the top databases for scholarly articles in our Tips for Finding Academic & Scholarly Articles.

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