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SOC 101: Introductory Sociology

What are scholarly articles?

REMINDER: For your assignment, you must use journal articles that are scholarly!


Characteristics of a Scholarly Journal Article

  • Author is an expert in the field. The author's credentials in the field are established, and they are likely affiliated with a scholarly institution and hold an appropriate degree in their field.
  • There is a lengthy bibliography at the end of the article.
  • Based on original research, or new applications of others' research.
  • Written for a scholarly audience in that field of study (difficult for the general public to read)


Scholarly Article Example

Listening in to Gang Culture

Video Explaining the Difference Between Scholarly and Popular Articles

From the Betty Sue Jessup Library, Piedmont Virginia Community College

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