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COAD 1000: Freshman Seminar: Articles

What's a 'Scholarly Journal'?

For many course assignments, you will be required to use scholarly journals, also called "academic' journals, 'peer-reviewed' journals, or 'refereed' journals. Here are some characteristics that distinguish scholarly journals from more popular magazines (see especially tips in red):

Scholarly Journals

  • Audience is made up of scholars, researchers, students of the field
  • Written by specialists in the field, usually scholars with Ph.D.s -- are signed and often include author's credentials.
  • Appearance is serious and sober, with few colors, few or no advertisements
  • Coverage is original research results and scholarship
  • Written in technical, scholarly language; may be reviewed or "refereed" before publication by an editorial board or outside scholars
  • Articles are usually at least 7-10 pages in length
  • Frequency is usually quarterly or semi-annual
  • References are cited and usually includes a bibliography and/or footnotes
  • Examples are American Journal of Physical Anthropology; Journal of World Anthropology; Social Anthropology

Suggested Databases

Use Databases to see a list of article databases organized by subject, or try one of the broad multidisciplinary databases below.

Tips for searching in our databases:

  • Look for ways to limit your search results to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
  • Look for an option to sort your search results by Relevancy
  • Click Find It! button for help locating full text of an article

Try OneSearch!

One Search is a great place to start your research. It allows you to simultaneously search through a variety of databases and the ECU Libraries' catalog.

One Search for articles, books, and other resources from the ECU Libraries' collection.

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search