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SOC 204: Introduction to Sociology: Features of Scholarly Resources

A guide to citation tools, recommended resources, and other information supporting SOC 204 students in their research.

Example of a Scholarly Journal

Features of Scholarly Resources

  • Length: Longer articles, porviding in-depth analysis of topics.
  • Authorship: Author usually is an expert or specialist in field. Name and credentials always provided.
  • Language/Audience: Written in the jargon of the field for scholarly readers (professors, researchers, or students).
  • Format/Structure: Articles are usually more structured and may include these sections: abstract, literature review, results, conclusion, bibliography.
  • Special Features: Illustrations that support the text, such as tables of statistics, graphs, maps, or photographs.
  • Editors: Articles are usually reviewed and critically evaluated by a board of experts in the field. Articles that have gone through this process are referred to as "peer-reviewed", "juried", or "refereed". 
  • Credits: A bibliography (works ctied) and/or footnotes are always provided to document research thoroughly. 

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