Answered By: Van Pelt Librarian
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015     Views: 31

Scholarly articles contain information that has been vetted by experts in a particular field. There are two main ways to access scholarly articles: by searching Articles+ in Franklin, the Library Catalog, and by searching databases.

Search Franklin's Articles+ tab for scholarly work that cuts across disciplines. Articles+ includes articles from many, but not all, Penn-subscribed journals. If your topic is general, interdisciplinary, or you are unsure of your direction, this is one potential place to start. 

For more in-depth coverage of a scholarly topic, search in interdisciplinary and subject-specific databases, in addition to your searches in Articles+. You can find databases on the Library homepage, under the Databases tab.

Some databases allow users to limit their searches to scholarly articles. You may see the option to limit to "refereed" or "peer-reviewed" publications. If you still don't know if a journal is scholarly, search for the journal title in Ulrich's Periodical Directory. This resource provides detailed descriptions of journals, including whether or not they are peer-reviewed / refereed.

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