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SOCY U302 - Sociological Research Methods - Dr. Zack: Scholarly Journals

Fall 2017

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What are Scholarly Journals?

How would you distinguish between these kinds of periodicals?

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Trade publications
  • Scholarly journals

How would you define a scholarly journal? Take into consideration the following:

  • Audience (how do you know who a periodical is intended for?)
  • "Peer-Reviewed" (what does that mean?)
  • Content (types of articles, advertisements, reviews and othe content)
  • Format (size, paper, use of color, photographs and illustrations)

What is a Scholarly Article?

There are several types of scholarly articles and communications. Generally, when you are looking for scholarly articles, you are looking for research articles, that is, articles that report original research. Depending on the discipline and methodology, research articles may vary a little in format but all will present a research question or hypothesis, a literature review, results of a study or analysis, and conclusions about the original research question or hypothesis. These parts may be identified as subheadings in the article, depending on the journal.

  • Research question or statement of hypothesis
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion of Results
  • Conclusions

Scholarly articles will also be well-documented with references. Many will have a reference list or bibliography at the end of the article. Some journals also publish an abstract of the article at the beginning.