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Archaeology: Articles

The Rosetta Stone

Like the Rosetta Stone (pictured above), please use the resources on this page as tools to aid in your quest for knowledge.

What's a 'Scholarly Journal'?

For many course assignments, you will be required to use scholarly journals. These are 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 and few or no advertisements
  • Coverage is original research results and scholarship
  • Are written in technical and scholarly language and may be reviewed or "refereed" before publication by an editorial board or outside scholars
  • Articles are usually at least 7-10 pages in length
  • Supposed to present objective/neutral viewpoint; often published by professional associations such as National Communication Association
  • Frequency is usually quarterly or semi-annual
  • References are cited and usually includes a bibliography and/or footnotes
  • Examples are American Journal of Archaeology, Archaeological Reports, and Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory.

Article Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Find a Specific Journal

Browsing through a journal in your field can be helpful when choosing a topic. 

When you have a citation to a specific journal and you need to get the full text of an article from it.


When you want to just browse an online journal.