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Masters in Management Resources: What is a scholarly journal?
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.
Use Google Scholar to find scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics. The drawback is that not all articles are free, and articles may not be as current as those in the library's databases.
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.