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3. Finding Articles: Why should you use scholarly articles?

Scholarly journals present new research or review existing research in a field. These articles are longer and more complex than other kinds of articles. Articles reporting new research tend to be narrowly focused on a specific research question. Review articles do not present original research, but rather summarize the results of many different information resources on a particular topic.

The most respected type of scholarly articles are called peer-reviewed or refereed articles. While some scholarly journals have editors that approve articles before they are published, peer-reviewed articles are reviewed carefully by experts (often by more than one) in that academic field before they are accepted for publication. Peer-review (also called refereeing) helps to assure the quality of information found in the article.

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View the Guided Tour of a Scholarly Journal Article overview movie and view videos covering articles from 3 subject areas (found below the video and linked from the overview video) to see what different scholarly articles look like.

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