Answered By: Stephanie C Gillespie
Last Updated: Feb 23, 2017     Views: 4

Ask yourself the 3 scholarly questions:

  1. Who is writing?
    • Should be an expert who has a degree in the subject (ex. Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD), NOT a journalist.
  2. On what topic?
    • Should be within the subject the expert studied (ex. A nurse writes about a medical topic).
  3. For what audience?
    • For other experts: will have subject-specific vocabulary, author qualifications (ex. PhD), and many citations.

Still unsure? Google the journal’s title and look at the publication information to see if it’s a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal.

Articles marked as opinion in scholarly journals are not scholarly.