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KINE 101: Introduction to Kinesiology: Articles

  What is a Scholarly Article?

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

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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

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For more detailed information on what a scholarly article looks like, see the excellent tutorial Anatomy of a Scholarly Article.

Reading Articles

Scholarly articles are often very difficult to read! Here are strategies to help:

  • Re-read abstract
  • Review the subheadings
  • Read the conclusion
  • Search for a “review” article

  Citing Your Sources

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)

APA Quick Guide

Ask a librarian for help!


The following databases listed below are reference databases and great for finding background information on health and science topics:

Gale eBooks

Databases at Cañada College

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).

See the full list of Cañada College Databases

Here are a list of databases that will be helpful for finding information on Kinesiology topics:

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition database

Academic Search Complete

ProQuest Science Journals Database