English & Linguistics

Finding Journal Articles

Please see the Overview or A-Z Database list pages to find suggestions for places to search for scholarly articles.

What is an Article? What is Peer Review?

Are you confused about what an article is? Or what the difference is between a scholarly article and one from a newspaper or magazine?

A journal can be similar to a magazine, but journals are published by universitites or professional organizations. Magazines are published by corporations. Articles that are published in academic journals are written by experts in a specific field and then submitted to a panel of other experts who examine the article to see if it holds up to the high standards of academic publishing. This is called peer review. Most academic journals are very narrow in focus and are written for a specific audience, unlike magazines which normally have a broader focus and are published to be read by as many people as possible. Most academic articles will have a bibliography at the end.

Chat with a Librarian

Quick Links

Your Librarian

Mickey Doyle

331 Thompson Library
810.762.3401

Send an email to Mickey: doylemd@umflint.edu