International Students' Guide to Research Skills and Using the KU Libraries: Scholarly Journals

This guide, designed especially for the needs of international students, provides explanations of how to do research using the KU Libraries' resources. It includes links, tutorials, and step-by-step instructions on developing research skills.

What is a Scholarly Journal Article?

What is a Scholarly Journal Article?  (University of Washington Libraries)

Scholarly journals versus popular magazines

Table of criteria to compare scholarly journals and popular magazines

(Vanderbilt University Library)

Academic vs. Popular Resources

In order to choose the best articles for your research, you will need to understand the difference between popular magazines and scholarly journals and be able to identify them.  * Scholarly sources may also be referred to as academic, peer-reviewed or refereed.

Images of Academic vs. Popular Resources

Source Types - Links to additional resource pages

See additional pages related to Source Types, Primary vs. Secondary Sources, and Additional Online Resources .