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Masters in Management Resources: What is a scholarly journal?

Open Access Scholarly Journals

Most college and university online databases are not free to the public, students must use a username and password to access them. However, as you search the web, you may find online scholarly journals; these are "open access" articles that are free to the public. Besides Google Scholar, there are many other resources for open access publications.

Newpapers, Magazines and Scholarly Journals!

What is a scholarly journal and how is it different from a magazine or newspaper? All three are called periodicals because they are published at periodic intervals throughout the year.

  • Newspapers are usually published daily and are a great source of local information, editorials, and opinions. Most newspapers now publish Web sites. Examples of newspapers are the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
  • Magazines are good sources of information or opinions about popular culture or up-to-date information on current events. Popular magazines typically have colorful covers and lots of advertisements. Examples are Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and U.S. News & World Report. Articles are not usually written by experts in the field.
  • Scholarly or peer-reviewed journals have collections of articles written by experts in academic or professional fields. Journals are excellent for finding out what has been studied or researched on a topic and to find bibliographies that point to other relevant sources of information.

Watch the video below to learn how to differentiate between a popular magazine and a scholarly journal.

A video on identifying scholarly articles

This great video on how to identify scholarly articles come from the Cornell University Library.

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