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Help! I Need 5 Scholarly Sources: What is a Scholarly Journal?

Need to find a handful of scholarly articles? This libguide will describe scholarly resources and provide links to the best places to find them.

What is a Scholarly Journal?

What is a scholarly journal and how is it different from a magazine or newspaper? All three are called periodicals because they are published at periodic intervals throughout the year.

  • Newspapers are the first draft of history, but are not scholarly.
  • Magazines are good sources of information or opinions about popular culture or up-to-date information on current events.
  • Scholarly or peer-reviewed journals have collections of articles written by experts in academic or professional fields.
    Such journals are excellent for finding out what has been studied or researched on a topic, and to find bibliographies that point to other relevant sources of information. Please note:  the word "journal" is not necessarily in the title of a scholarly publication.

How to Get Library Assistance Fall 2020

There are many ways you can get library assistance:

  1. Fill out an Ask a Librarian Form
  2. Set up a research appointment 
  3. Call the library at 715-425-3321
  4. Ask for help at the front desk in the library*

*Virtual reference sessions with librarians are encouraged. Face-to-face sessions will be limited to 15 minutes or less.

Reading scholarly articles

Reading Scholarly Articles This Library Guide from USC summarizes the parts of an academic article and discusses how to read one.

Reading Scientific Papers (from Purdue University) Click through this PowerPoint presentation and learn how to read a scientific article.