FYE 112: Africana American Studies II: Articles

Professor Cona Marshall. Spring 2018.

Find Articles

What type of article do you need?  A scholarly journal articleProfessional or trade articleGeneral/magazine article?  A newspaper article?  Sources below provide access to all of these.


Peer-Reviewed or Refereed

Peer-reviewed journals publish articles that have been reviewed by experts in the field.  These highly respected experts (peers, referees, reviewers) read  the submitted article and decide if it is acceptable for publication. 

If the article is acceptable, peer-reviewers may suggest changes or corrections. Peer-reviewed articles are also known as refereed articles; generally these are found in scholarly journals. Not all scholarly journal articles are peer-reviewed, however.  Additionally, one may occasionally find peer-reviewed articles in professional journals.

Need to know if your journal is peer-reviewed?  Some of the library's databases will have a peer-reviewed limiter. Journal Finder will also tell you if a journal is peer-reviewed; to do this, use the peer-reviewed limit.  



Professional Journals




Profession-related ads, color graphics, photos.


Practioners within a particular profession.


Generally published by a professional organization, authors are practitioners in the field.


Developments in the field and practical information, with some research articles.


Sometimes cite sources, are occasionally peer-reviewed.




Scholarly Journals

Generally have a sober, serious look. May contain graphs and charts, but will have few photographs or ads. Use scholarly language specific to the profession or field.


Academics, researchers, professionals.


Researchers or scholars in the field.


Original scholarly research for a particular profession, field, or subject.


Will almost always include a list of citations, Works Cited, or Bibliography.

Also Called

Academic, peer-reviewed, juried, refereed.  Scholarly journals that are reviewed by experts are called peer-reviewed, juried, or refereed.  Not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed.






General Magazines
Appearance Color photographs, visually appealing, ads.
Audience General public.
Author Staff or freelance writer.
Content Current events and special features.
References Rarely cite sources.
Also Called Popular magazines.