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USM Research Skills Tutorials: Scholarly Articles

Comparing Scholarly, Trade, & Popular

Scholarly
or
Peer-Reviewed
Journal      
Trade or
Professional
Magazines or
Newspapers   
Popular
Magazines
or
Newspapers

The document below has a chart describing the differences between these publications.

Academic Search Complete: Finding Scholarly Articles

Academic Search Complete (ASC) is a database including both scholarly (peer-reviewed) and non-scholarly publications. To limit your search to scholarly journals, be sure to check the box. 

Scholarly Check Box

Note: Some scholarly search results may include items (book reviews, letters, etc.) that are not scholarly articles.

Learning Objective - Scholarly Articles

After watching the following video by Libby Bischof, Associate Professor of History, view the following videos.

Instructional Video - What Is Peer Review?