Academic or 'scholarly' journal articles are those that have been researched and authored by professional researchers or experts in a particular field.
Unlike the entertainment or news-driven information commonly found in magazines and newspapers, scholarly journals have been written with an audience of researchers and academics in mind. For research, particularly within the field of health sciences, scholarly journal articles are the leading source of information.
Peer reviewed articles have undergone a process of evaluation by subject specific experts (peers) to ensure that information is accurate, high quality, and academically sound. Peer reviewed articles contain original research to be shared with researchers and other professionals.
Not all articles are peer reviewed. To find peer reviewed articles:
|Magazine Article||Journal Article|
|Topic||General or current interest||Detailed examination of professional interest|
||Professional, topical expert
|Purpose||To inform or entertain||To keep scholars current with new research|
|Audience||General public||Professional or special interest groups|
|Example||Maclean's||Nursing Science Quarterly|
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