Scholarly articles are articles written by, and for, academics and experts in the topic of the article.
Peer reviewed articles have been reviewed prior to publication by other experts in the topic of the article. This review ensures the information in the article is accurate and supported by other research.
Often, the terms "scholarly" and "peer reviewed" are used interchangeably.
Use the clues given below to determine if an article is scholarly and/or peer reviewed.
Clue 1: Length of the article
Clue 2: Language/Vocabulary
Clue 3: Abstract
Clue 4: Works Cited
If your instructor requires that you use "peer reviewed" articles, you will need to know how to determine which articles have been reviewed. Note: Many, but not all, scholarly articles are peer reviewed.
Method 1: Author Instructions
The exact term "peer reviewed" may not be used, but look for wording around: copies of the manuscript being sent for review, the requirement to submit several copies, or the presence of an editorial board.
Your instructor may also require specific kinds of peer reviewed articles (e.g., blind review, masked review), and will provide guidance and instruction in class regarding this.
Method 2: Statements in Article