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Library Tutorial for STEM/ENGR 100 Online

Scholarly Articles

1. WATCH: This two-minute video from RMIT University in Australia explains what makes a source scholarly, the peer-review process, and how to identify a scholarly source.

Why does it matter?

Throughout your academic career in STEM, you will be required to find and read scholarly journal articles. Librarians are always available to help you with this kind of research!

2. PRACTICE: Go back to ProQuest and redo some of your searches with the Scholarly (Peer-reviewed) Journals box checked. You will need to have at least one scholarly article on your topic. 

3. SKIM: Use this cheat sheet "Anatomy of a Scholarly Journal Article" to help you understand the articles you find.

4. CHOOSE: For the discussion board, you will need to compare a scholarly journal article with a popular article. Make sure that you find and download at least one scholarly article on your topic that follows the standard format of a scholarly journal:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Methods/Materials
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • References

You will need this article to complete the Discussion "Comparing Articles."

You're finished!

5. TAKE THE QUIZ: Congratulations! You have completed this tutorial. Go back to Canvas to check your learning with the quiz. If you need help or have questions, please go to the How to Get Help page for ways to contact a librarian.