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ENG 1021 (CLP Novak/Mosko Spring 2023)



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Finding and Understanding Scholarly Sources 


Scenario: You have to write a short research paper for English 1021. Your professor requires that at least two of the articles you include in your works cited are scholarly.


Consider: What does scholarly mean? What makes a source scholarly? Why is your professor even requiring scholarly sources? How do you find a scholarly source and then read it?





Find Your Group Number on the Google Doc  below for your class time and write the name of each person in your group!

  1. Each group has been provided with a sample research question and keywords and a sample scholarly article or original research article.

  2. Skim headings of the article (ex. Introduction, Literature review)

  3. Identify a claim or research question (Hint: look in Abstract!)

  4. Identify the findings (Hint: Look in discussion/conclusion) 

  5. Find one quote from an older article mentioned in the introduction or literature review

  6. (If there is one) Methodology: Identify a group studied

  7. Share out to the rest of the class 

You can find popular sources such as magazine and newspaper articles through the JWU library!



National Geographic

Scientific American

The New York Times

Time Magazine

Wall Street Journal (Eastern Edition)

You can also find popular sources in Academic Search Complete (Pro Tip: when searching a library database, don't forget to refine by "magazine" or "newspaper")

Pro Tip: Look for "search within this publication"

  • you can search by using keywords (remember, we talked about this last semester when searching in the databases!) or phrases
  • you may also want to search by the kind of study
  • Look for the "cite" button 


The Academic Success Center is open for in-person and remote appointments by zoom.

Whether you're just getting started or need final editing advice, writing tutors are kind and trained to help you at any stage of the writing process. Visit the Academic Success Center website for more information.

Top Tips for Working with the Academic Success Center:

  1.    Book an appointment by phone: 401-598-1485  
  2.    Book an appointment online via USucceed: In jwulink, under Tools,.click Academics tab, Usucceed- Look for "My Success Network" Academic Success Network
  3. Visit us live on the first floor of the Yena Center

For 24/7 free online revision feedback, submit your paper to Smarthinking. Look for the link in jwuLink, under the Academics tab, under Academic Support Services.

Check out the library's APA Style Guide

However, if you need more in depth guidance on formatting go to the Purdue OWL


Start here:

Academic Search Complete

Use Academic Search to search for articles on almost any topic. For example, if you're focusing on Texting while Driving use the search box to find scholarly articles using keywords such as "texting" or "cell phones", along with your angle, such as "alcohol".

Click Full Text on the left so you can read articles online.

Click Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) to read academic, peer reviewed articles.