Scholarly journals have articles written by professors for professors. The articles have citations and footnotes.
General databases like Search & Find and Academic Search Complete have a check box you can select to limit your search to scholarly journals.
Subject databases (databases devoted to one subject or area) usually contain only scholarly articles.
Currency: The timeliness of the information.
• Check the date of publication.
• Look for updated or revised information.
Relevance: Determine if the information relates to your topic.
• Check the title.
• Read the summary/abstract.
Authority: The source of the information.
Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of information.
• Is the information supported by evidence? Check for citations and bibliography.
• Determine if the publication is peer-reviewed.
• Look for spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors.
Purpose: The reason the information exists.
• Why was the information written: to inform, teach, sell, entertain, or persuade?
• Determine if the information is fact, opinion, or propaganda.
• Check for political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases.
• Determine the intended audience.