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Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP): Library Resources: Not sure if your Journal Article is considered Academic/Scholarly or Peer-reviewed?

The easiest way to locate a journal is to search the MSU libraries' online catalog

You can check to see if the journal your article is from is Academic/Scholarly and/or Peer-reviewed by using the database -, (Remember there are only 5 simultaneous users, so if you can't access the database try again later).

From the library's home page, click on Electronic Resources under Quick Links. In the find database by title search box, type in "Ulrichsweb" and click the GO button.

Then click the link. Or just click the title link above.

Under "Quick Search" choose "Title" then enter the title of the journal (NOT the title of the article) into the box. Click the "Submit" button.

On the "Search Results" page click on the title of the journal.

Under the heading Document type: it should have Academic/Scholarly.

Under Refereed: it should have Yes.

If a journal is not peer-reviewed it will not have the heading Refereed at all.

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles: What's the Difference?

The following resources will explain the difference between scholarly and popular articles.


Tips for finding articles in the MSU Libraries

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles - YouTube Video from Georgia State University

The Library Minute: Academic Articles
     - from Arizona State University

Subject Guide

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