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Business and Economics Librarian

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Jason Hall
Lemieux Library
Seattle University

2nd Floor Research Services
(206) 398-4484
Subjects: Business

What is a Scholarly Journal?

Scholarly journals, also called peer-reviewed, refereed  or academic  journals are the core information sources in many disciplines. They are written for an academic audience and  are published by organizations  with an academic or scholarly mission. Many scholarly journals are also peer reviewed which means that prior to publication, an article is reviewed by scholars in the field using criteria of accuracy, value to the field and scholarly merit.

Some clues for spotting a scholarly journal:

  • Journal Name.  Often has the word "journal"or the name of a professional or academic association.
  • Signed articles and the author states credentials and  has authority in the field.
  • Some databases will provide a limiter to filter for scholarly or peer-reviewed publications. Other databases: JSTOR and PROJECT MUSE only contain scholarly journals.



Scholarly or peer reviewed journals

Click here for a list of journals indexed in EconLit.  Below are just some of the economics titles available through the library as electronic journals. 

Finding More.....

 In addition to doing multiple searches on your topic to find articles, examine the articles in your results for additional sources.

  • Check the bibliography for additional sources. The Ebscohost databases will link you to articles within the same database.    
  • If you find a scholarly journal by an author who you think is credible, click on the AUTHOR'S NAME to see if there are other articles by the author. Often scholars will produce more than one article in the area of research.
  • Databases (and Google Scholar) will often indicate who is citing an author's research