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MLA 8 Journal Article from Database

In Text Citations MLA



Scholarly Article databases:

Primary Sources

What is a Scholarly Article?

Instructors may ask you to use research from scholarly or "academic" journals. Articles in these journals are written by the researchers themselves and present in-depth, original research in a specific field of study. These articles have been reviewed by other scholars to ensure their validity and quality. This is why they are also called "peer-reviewed."

Scholarly vs Popular

Scholarly article check-list

A source is scholarly if:

  1. Author is an expert in the subject and credentials are given, e.g. holds an MA or PhD, works at a university or research institute
  2. Includes lengthy references or bibliography to show where the information came from
  3. Author uses In-text Citations when referring to the research, ideas or quotes of others
  4. Presents findings from a research study, case study or in-depth analysis
  5. Information is published in a scholarly source, e.g. a journal
  6. Publisher (eg. Elsevier) or organization (eg. AMA) produces scholarly work
  7. Often includes tables, charts and graphs
  8. Includes few to no advertisements, and advertisements are clearly labeled as advertisements
  9. Articles will usually be long (8 pages or more)
  10. Author will use technical or academic words