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Program Planning: SBS 3496/3596

Resources and information for Program Planning in CPH

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

image of a scholarly article
Interactive tutorial from NCSU Libraries

How to select or check peer-reviewed articles

Many of the library scholarly and research databases have a filter for "peer-reviewed articles."

If you are using Library Search, select view all articles, and on the page of results, select peer reviewed only on the left margin. 

You can also use Ulrich's Periodical Directory to look up the journal name. It is peer-reviewed if it has "Refereed: Yes"  and/or Content Type: Academic/Scholarly. Also, if a black and white striped book peer reviewed icon symbol is present to the left of the journal title, that means the journal is refereed or peer-reviewed.

How Scholarly, Popular and Trade Journals Differ

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
Journal Types
  Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Journals Popular Journals/Magazines Trade Journals

Informs and reports on original research done by
scholars and experts in the field. Sometimes also called "Peer-reviewed" journals/articles.

Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis.

Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.


Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field.

Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff.

Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.


Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts.

Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists.

Intended for practititioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.