Scholarly periodicals traditionally have a serious look. Here are some items to look for if you are not sure if an article you find is indeed scholarly.
- Scholarly article(s) will have been written by a scholar in a specific field of study
- Scholarly articles ALWAYS cite their sources in either footnotes or bibliographies
- Scholarly articles will have gone through a peer-review process
- Scholarly articles are published by associations and universities
- Scholarly articles are void of flashy advertisments and glossy photographs.
- Article often contains advertising, glossy photos and are more visually entertaining
- Articles are NOT peer-reviewed
- Articles may be written by a variety of staff members, from free lance writers to staff members, NOT scholars in that field of study
- Articles primary interest is to provide information to a broad audience
- Commercial publishers generally produce these journals
- No references are provided in footnotes and/or a bibliography