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ENGL 1900: Library Research Tutorial

Library research tutorial for students in English 1900: Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric & Research at SLU.

Scholarly Journals

Scholarly journals contain articles written by experts in an academic field. Journal articles can cover very specific topics or narrow fields of research. They usually include bibliographies. For most college level research papers, you should rely heavily on scholarly articles.

Example scholarly journal and article: undefined


Public Health


Urban Agriculture: Impossible Strategy
or Impossible Dream? Lessons from
Prospect Farm in Brooklyn, New York

(Article published in the journal Public Health)

You can find scholarly journals in SLUth Search Plus.

Use scholarly journals to:

  • research your topic.
  • learn what others have studied on your topic.
  • find bibliographies that direct you to other relevant research.
  • give credibility to your argument.

Scholarly or Popular?

Whether called scholarly, academic, or peer reviewed, these articles are a scholarly source, written for others in the field rather than for the general public. Most library databases will have a filter that allows you to limit to academic or peer reviewed articles.