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Many assignments require scholarly journals, also sometimes called peer-reviewed or refereed journals.

In general, scholarly journals, sometimes called academic journals, publish articles written by experts in a given discipline. Many scholarly journals use a review process before accepting articles for publication. Experts in the field examine or review the article to ensure its accuracy. This review process is known as Peer Review. For more information, be sure to check out guide on how to spot Scholarly or Peer review articles. 

There are some basic criteria you can use to distinguish scholarly journals from other types of sources, like magazines and newspapers.

Common characteristics of scholarly journals:

  • articles feature experiments, case studies, or other original research
  • authors are scholars or experts
  • articles are long and detailed
  • few pictures, but possibly graphs & charts
  • long bibliographies for each article
  • specialized language from a specific discipline
  • intended for an audience of researchers

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