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Advanced French Literature (FR 429W): Finding Scholarly Articles

Library resources to help you begin your research into 18th century French literature.

What is a "scholarly" source and how do I find it?

Instructors often ask students to find “scholarly”, “academic”, or “peer reviewed” sources of information for their research. These terms all refer to the same type of information – sources based on in-depth research, and are considered higher in quality and more reliable for your research. 

Generally "scholarly" sources:

  • Will say "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly"
  • Will have a plain appearance (for print journals) and the title may include worlds like "Journal of" "Quarterly" etc
  • Are written for professors, students, and independent researchers
  • Include a reference list, bibliography or sources cited at the end of the article

Searching for scholarly articles

Many databases allow you to limit to scholarly/academic articles while you search. For example, Academic Search Elite allows you to limit your search to scholarly and academic sources BEFORE and AFTER your initial search.

Before a search

 

After a search

Make sure you check the database you're using for more information on limiting to scholarly materials.

If you are unsure whether a journal is scholarly, you can check the Ulrich's Periodical Directory. This directory will give you information on a particular journal or magazine including publication information and a listing of databases in which articles from the journal appear.