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Journal articles are generally considered scholarly sources. They may:

  • be signed
  • be written by an expert
  • provide the author's position and institution
  • provide references
  • be written for a small group of people with specific interests
  • use specialized language
  • be published by an association or scholarly press
  • Use a Journal:

  • when doing scholarly research
  • to find out what has been studied on your topic
  • to find bibliographies that point to other relevant research
  • Examples of Journals

  • Journal of Communication
  • The Historian
  • New England Journal of Medicine