What they are and what they can do for you
Scholarly journals are where the experts talk to each other. This is where the newest research and ideas are first published. Sometimes in some fields, researchers develop ideas from journal articles into books. If you cannot understand these articles, read encyclopedia articles for background in the field. Instructors frequently require scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Peer review is when another expert in the field reads the article before it is published in order to confirm that the methods used in the article conform to the requirements of the field.
According to IRIS (Information & Research Instruction Suite at Clark College), use popular magazines when you need:
- information or opinions about popular culture
- up-to-date information about current events
- general articles by people who are not necessarily specialists about the topic
Use newspapers to:
- find current information about international, national and local events
- find editorials, commentaries, expert or popular opinions
General databases for finding popular and scholarly articles
Below are some databases that include articles from both scholarly journals and popular magazines. Pay attention to the tabs found on the search screens of these resources to limit your results to these types of publications.