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HHPS 3377 K-12 Drug Education

Scholarly or Not?

These are several clues that an article is scholarly:

1. The author(s) name(s), affiliation, and often credential(s) are listed either at the beginning or end of the article. Scholarly articles are written by researchers and professionals.

2. The article may be divided into sections, such as introduction, literature review, methods, conclusion.

3. The article is long – typically at least 3-4 pages or more (usually more!).

4. Tables, charts, and/or illustrations may be included as part of the article.

5. It contains specialized language geared toward professionals, researchers, and other experts in a field.

6. There may be a data and/or analysis section that includes statistics.

7. There is a reference / works cited list at the end of the article.

NOTE: Letters to the editor/editorials, short news reports, and book reviews are not considered scholarly articles.

Example of a Scholarly Article

Below is a link to a scholarly article. After selecting the link, you will be asked to enter your NetID and NetID password. Once you enter this information, select the PDF Full Text link in the left hand column of the page to view the article.

Personal beliefs, the environment and college students' exercise and eating habits

If you have questions about whether an article is acceptable for a class paper or project, please check with your instructor.