Scholarly articles are written by academic researchers and professionals such as nutritionists, engineers, therapists, and others with advanced degrees or professional licenses. There will often be more than one author. The university, company, or institution the authors are affiliated with will usually be listed.
The intended audience for scholarly articles is other reserachers and professionals. Expect to see special terms and words and complex sentence structure. Scholarly articles are generally more than four pages long. In nearly all cases, there will be charts, graphs, or tables in the article. Almost all scholarly articles will begin with an abstract that gives a summary of the article. Scholarly articles will always cite sources and have a bibliography at the end.
These are scholarly articles that have been reviewed by a panel of respected experts in the same field as the author(s). The author's identity is generally hidden from the reviewers. Refereed and Peer Reviewed mean the same thing.
In most journals, the words "peer reviewed" will not appear on the article. However, if you see a line similar to
"received 1/1/2011, accepted 2/2/2012"
the dates most likely refer to when the article was submitted for review and when it was accepted for publication. This indicates a peer-reviewed article.
Use the checklist below to decide if you have a peer reviewed research article.
Limiting to Peer Reviewed articles in a Database
The databases listed below include articles on FCS-related topics. When you click on a link, a new window will open showing a list of databases, including the one you selected. Click the button to enter that database and look for a check box (like the two pictured below) that allow you to limit your results. Check the option you have available, either "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" or "Peer Reviewed." Your search results will then be limited to articles from peer-reviewed journals*.
Be aware that sometimes you will still have things in your results that are not research articles, like book reviews and letters to the editor.
Academic Search Complete
Applied Science and Technology Fulltext (textiles)
Business Source Elite
CINAHL Plus with Full Text (health)
Communication & Mass Media Complete
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
Hospitality & Tourism Complete
MasterFILE Premier (all subjects)
Social Sciences Abstracts
SPORTDiscus (physical education)
*Be sure to use the Scholarly Article Checklist below to evaluate the articles you find.