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English Research Guide: Find Articles

What is a scholarly journal?

Literary criticism is often published in scholarly journals, and your professor usually expects you to use these in your research. They are sometimes called academic or professional journals.

Scholarly journals are specialized periodicals that publish articles for study and research.  They are written for the academic audience--scholars, profesors, and students --in a particular subject area. Many of them are published by universities or scholarly organizations.  You won't find these periodicals on the magazine display in stores!

Scholarly journals are periodicals (like magazines and newspapers) because they have new issues appearing at regular intervals, but usually only 3 or 4 times a year.  That's why you often see words like "winter 2013" in a listing of journal articles. 

Many scholarly journals have a system of peer review. This means that before articles are published, they must first be reviewed by a group of scholars who make sure that the article meets high standards for study and research in the subject area.

Not all scholarly journals have the actual word journal in their title. So how do you know which ones are actual scholarly journals? Use this quick guide called "Magazines vs.Scholarly Journals." 

Other Online Sources for Literature Research

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Finding Literary Criticism

Literary criticism

The most frequently used sources of literary criticism are articles published in scholarly journals. These are indexed in the library databases listed below, many with linked full-text. For articles that are not linked directly, use the Click Here for Full Text and other services button to see options for getting the full article.

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Literary Criticism in Scholarly Journals and Other Sources