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Last Updated: May 13, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Articles in Databases


Not all articles you find in databases are scholarly. Some databases also contain book reviews and articles from popular magazines, such as National Geographic or Time.

Articles found in popular magazines are not peer reviewed, and therefore not scholarly. Make sure you check your assignment so you know if you can use articles from popular magazines or not.



Welcome to the Scholarly and Popular Journals guide!

 In this guide, you'll find explanations on the differences between Scholarly and Popular Journals. Take a look through the examples, watch some videos introducing the topic, and check out the comparison chart if you're not sure if your resource is Scholarly...or Popular!

EBSCO Defines Scholarly Publications

Peer reviewed is defined by EBSCO Publishing as follows:

  • Blind Peer Reviewed - (or Double Blind Peer Reviewed) - Articles appearing in a journal are sent outside of the journal's publishing or sponsoring organization for review by external reviewer(s), whereby the either author's identity or the reviewers' identity is unknown.
  • Editorial Board Peer Review - articles appearing in a journal are reviewed by an internal board of editors, not solely by one editor. The author's identity may be known or unknown.
  • Expert Peer Review - articles appearing in a journal are reviewed by experts (either internal or external to the journal) whose credentials are known and who are experts within the subject matter of the article under review. The author's identity may be known or unknown. 

(Credit: EBSCO Support Website)


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