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Research Guides

First Year Seminar - Research Survival Guide

Places to find articles

These databases are great places to start but there are more that might be better suited to your topic. Schedule a Research Appointment if you need help.

Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed vs. Popular Articles

Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed vs.Popular Articles

Here are some differences between the two:


 Scholarly Articles

 Audience: Professionals, Professors, Graduate Students

 Author: Has credentials or expertise in the field (check for information on their  education, institutional affiliation, or other publications)

 Contents: articles are longer and more detailed, usually have more text than images/graphics, and provide a bibliography

 Language: Uses language/jargon specific to the field

 Research: Findings often based on original research or new applications of others’ research

 Peer-reviewed: Yes – experts in the field evaluate an article before it is accepted for publication

 Popular Articles

 Audience: General audience

 Author: Often staff writers/contributors without expertise or special qualifications in the field (their credentials aren’t given)

 Contents: articles are shorter, may contain more images, and usually don’t provide a bibliography

 Language: Uses everyday language that’s easily understood by a general audience

 Research: Usually not “original” research

 Peer-reviewed: No

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If you need a book or article that isn't held by the CSB/SJU Libraries, you can request it from another library using our Interlibrary Loan service. Just look for a "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button!