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 (https://libraries.uky.edu) 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.
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) 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.