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About Scholarly Articles and Reading Tips

Key Characteristics of a Scholarly Article

  • Author(s): scholars/researchers with credentials (e.g. PhD) and/or affiliations (e.g. university professor or similar knowledge-based organizations.)
  • (the intended) Audience: for their academic peers in the discipline/field.
  • Purpose: to further our understanding about a topic with original research, usually focusing in a narrow area of the subject (rather than to merely persuade, entertain, inform, or report.)
  • Peer-reviewed scholarly articles are vetted and improved by experts in the field before publication.
  •  Language: scholarly language with discipline specific vocabulary.
  • Structure: Relatively lengthy (at least 5 pages of text) with many citations and references to published research (footnotes and/or bibliography).

Reading Tips

A systematic approach in your reading helps you consider the article critically. A good critique is really more about your own confidence as a reader than about possession of specific knowledge.

How to Read Journal Articles Like a Professor by Michael J. Nelson.

Evaluating Information & Citing Sources

Evaluating Information

MLA Handbook Plus

Cite sources to

  • Avoid plagiarism
  • Give credit to the source of an idea
  • Lend credibility to your arguments

Books | Articles

Note: in JumboSearch and Databases, you can always limited your search to the French Language when needed)

(JumboSearch for) Books 

Browse for Tisch library books on the epistolary genre, or “letter novels”

Related Themes:

Sample findings from the above searches:

 

 (Subject Databases for) Journal Articles 

A. All subjects

B. Subject-Specific Databases