Created by Kimbel Library, Coastal Carolina University.
Scholarly articles and peer reviewed articles are the result of lengthy research and study. The authors are expert in their fields (e.g. professors, doctors, scientists, lawyers, scholars, researchers) and the articles undergo a more rigorous review process (peer-reviewed) before being selected for publication. They are viewed as being more authoritative while popular periodicals or magazines are viewed as being less credible. This is why faculty often require students to use scholarly, not popular, articles for their research.
Many of the tips for scholarly articles also apply to scholarly books in addition to the following: