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ANT 352-001: Special Topics--Migration Issues, Mexico, & the U.S.: Academic Journals

Spring 2018

Where to Find Academic Articles?

Two ways to find academic articles:

1. Use a licensed database - See the Databases tab on this guide. Some databases cover popular as well as academic journals - in this case, you'll be able to choose scholarly (or academic or peer-reviewed).

2. Browse an online journal.

     Example: on the main libraries page ( select "E-JOURNALS" and type in the title of the journal you'd like to browse, or type a term that will bring up several different journals, such as "Anthropology." Then click the title you'd like to browse and you'll get a screen with a few choices for accessing the title online.

Academic Articles

Academic Articles:

  • Are written by subject experts (professors, researchers or other scholars).
  • Go through peer review, a rigorous review process by other experts in the discipline (peers) before they are approved for publication.
  • Are written to inform other scholars of original research or experimentation in the discipline.
  • Are written in a more specialized or technical language and follow a particular format.
  • Are lengthy.
  • The journals are generally available only by subscription.
  • The journal covers are usually subdued.


Scholarly articles in the sciences follow a particular format. You may not always see every part labeled, but the content will include the following:

Abstract - a summary of the article.

Introduction - a brief explanation of the research topic and why this particular research was performed.

Materials & Methods - How the research was performed.

Results - The results of the research, an explanation of what happened.

Discussion or Conclusion - What do the results mean? What is significant or important ? What was learned?

References - The research of others that was consulted in the writing of this article.

Academic (Scholarly, Peer Reviewed) vs Popular Articles: Understanding the Difference

Academic (Scholarly, Peer Reviewed) Articles
·  Are written by professors, researchers or scholars;
·  Are written to inform other scholars of original research or experimentation;
·  Are written in more specialized or technical language;
·  Have footnotes or bibliographies;
·  May contain research findings or data;
·  Are generally available only by subscription;
·  Are lengthy.

Popular Magazine or Newspaper Articles
·  Are written by journalists or reporters;
·  Are written to inform, to persuade, or to entertain;
·  Are intended for a general audience;
·  Usually do not contain bibliographies;
·  Can be purchased at a grocery store;
·  Have glossy covers.

Characteristics of an Academic (Scholarly, Peer Reviewed) Article