Scholarly articles are written by experts in the field and, additionally, reviewed by a panel experts in the field and are normally found in academic journals. They tend to include a lot of research and data, and the information in the article is backed up by a list of references.
Example of a Journal with Scholarly Articles
Popular articles are often written by journalists for a general audience and are not reviewed by experts in the field. Popular articles rarely include references.
Example of a Magazine with Popular Articles
For more detailed information on what a scholarly article looks like, see the excellent tutorial Anatomy of a Scholarly Article.
Scholarly articles are often very difficult to read! Here are strategies to help:
Cite your source using a format such as APA (American Psychological Association), CSE (Council of Science Editors) or your professor’s recommendation!
EasyBib - The Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker for APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian.
APA Citation Style (Diana Hacker)
Ask a librarian for help!
The following databases listed below are reference databases and great for finding background information on health and science topics:
Databases are collections of online articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers. When using the databases from off campus you will need to log-in using your Library Card Number and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number).
Here are a list of databases that will be helpful for finding information on Kinesiology topics: