Answered By: Penn Libraries
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2021     Views: 454

Scholarly articles contain information that has been vetted by experts in a particular field. Three ways to locate  scholarly articles are: 

  • Searching Franklin Articles+ for scholarly works that cut 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. Use the Scholarly & Peer Review filter on the results page to refine your search.
  • Using other multidisciplinary databases such a Scopus, Web of Science, or JSTOR.
  • Using subject-specific databases, like ERIC, PsycINFO,or  MLA, discoverable via the databases finding tool within Franklin.

Many 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.

Not finding what you need? View an online tutorial on research methods or book a research consultation with a librarian in your field of study.

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