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What is a scholarly journal?

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Peer-reviewed or scholarly articles are published in journals with an editorial board of scholars and specialists in the discipline related to the article topic.  These specialists review each article for quality research and suitability within the journal's scope.  The terms "peer-reviewed" and "scholarly" articles are often used interchangeably. This type of article always cites sources in a bibliography or in footnotes.  Be aware of editorials, book reviews, etc. which may be contained in a scholarly journal but are not peer-reviewed articles acceptable for an academic research paper.

The easiest way to find peer-reviewed journal articles is to use Library Databases (from the Library Homepage click on Databases by Title or Databases by Subject under SEARCH COLLECTIONS.)  If you are looking for articles on a Specific Subject, for example: Nursing, Criminal Justice or Literature, click on Databases by Subject and select from the drop-down list at the top of the page then click on "Apply." 

Most library databases have an option/checkbox to limit results to scholarly/peer-reviewed articles, while some, like PsycARTICLES and Science Direct, contain only scholarly type articles.

Remember, if you are off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your student ID and password in order to access the databases.

The JCC Libraries also subscribe to many peer-reviewed journals in print.  You can find 12 months of issues in the Current Periodicals shelves in the library.  For journals older than one year, look in the Back Periodicals shelves.

Another way to find journals: click on "Journals" under SEARCH COLLECTIONS on the JCC Library home page.  You can search or browse by subject or title to see if a journal is available through the JCC Library databases or print collection.  Also available on theJ CC Libraries' Journal List page, if you have a full or partial citation for an article you can use the LinkSource Citation Finder.

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