Journal articles -- also known as "scholarly articles," "peer-reviewed articles," or "academic articles" -- are sources that are written and reviewed by scholars; this means the information is approved by other experts before publication.
When and Why You Should Use Journal Articles:
Remember: Journal articles can sometimes feel dense or intense. Look for visual cues (headings, sections, bullets, charts/graphs) within articles to help guide you to relevant information. Need help? Check out this Anatomy of a Scholarly Article tutorial.
These subject-focused databases include scholarly commentary and criticism on authors, their works, and/or historical time periods. Use these to learn more about how critics analyze and interpret works of literature and/or historical periods.
Tip #1: Focus your search on three keyword concepts: Author, Text, and Topic. See examples below:
Tip #2: Combine your keywords in meaningful ways. See examples below:
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