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COMM 301 (Needham): Scholarly Information

Why Use Scholarly Information?

Authority

Research articles published in scholarly journals have in most cases been through a rigorous peer-review process. Other scholars have scrutinized the reasoning and methodology and decided that it meets their professional standards. This process provides a peer-reviewed article with a certain amount of authority.

When you refer to a scholarly, peer-reviewed article in your presentation, you are using that authority in the service of your own argument. This technique will help you be persuasive.

Sources of Scholarly Journals

The library subscribes to a large number of databases with scholarly content. One approach is to use OneSearch and limit your results to Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals. If you are doing research in a particular area such as education, sociology, or psychology, choosing a database focused on that subject may help you screen out irrelevant articles that happen to contain the keywords you're using.