Here is a quick checklist of criteria to help you determine if a resource is scholarly:
Always list authors and author's affiliations.
Technical, specialized vocabulary.
Reports on experiments, studies or literature reviews.
Graphs, tables, data.
Always includes footnotes or citations.
print version fairly plain
typically published no more than 4 times a year
may contain a few ads related to academia
articles are typically lengthy (15-20 pages)
an abstract (summary of the article) usually precedes the article
reports of original research (typically includes a literature review, presentation of the methods, and a discussion of the findings), in-depth analysis of issues in the discipline, or in-depth book reviews
typically peer-reviewed (examined and approved by other experts in the field)
articles written by experts (typically, professors or researchers)
author's credentials (degree, title, affiliation) and contact information are typically provided
assumes reader's familiarity with the subject matter and knowledge of specific vocabulary
often includes tables, graphs and/or formulas
always includes footnotes/endnotes and a bibliography/references
in an online database you may see this icon:
Research Minute Video
This video, from Cornell University, highlights what to look for in a scholarly journal article. Contact the LCCC Library staff for more help.