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ENGL 401-Contemporary Literary Theory-Prof. Mikko Tuhkanen (Fall 2021)

Peer Review Assistance

What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly articles are those articles published in scholarly journals, covering academic and scientific research.  Scholarly journals are often referred to as Refereed or Peer Reviewed.

How do I search for and find scholarly articles?

Search for scholarly articles using library search engines (also called databases).  In the databases, look for links to limit by Academic Sources or Peer Review Sources. See the box above for database suggestions.

How can I tell if an article is scholarly?

  • In general, scholarly articles:
    • Are written for an academic audience
    • Contain a credible list of citations/references
    • Include in text citations
    • Often contain an abstract, literature review, methodology, results, or discussion.

How can I be absolutely sure my journal article is scholarly?

  1. Go to a website called Ulrich's Periodical Directory
  2. Type in the Title of the journal in the upper right search box
  3. When you find the link to the journal, click on it
  4. Look for the Document Type to say "Journal; Academic/Scholarly"

What is New RefWorks?

There are now two versions of RefWorks available to Texas A&M patrons, New RefWorks and RefWorks Legacy (Old RefWorks). If you have been using the same account for some time now, you are probably using RefWorks Legacy (Old RefWorks); the login link is below and available through the RefWorks Legacy (Old RefWorks) menu option to the left. Additional information concerning Legacy RefWorks (Old RefWorks) is also available through that menu option.

New RefWorks is the latest version of ProQuest RefWorks. It has all of the same features as the RefWorks Legacy (Old RefWorks) with some new ones included:

  • New interface
  • Drag and drop citation capability
  • Enhanced sharing features
  • Read and take notes on pdfs through the RefWorks interface

One big difference between New and Legacy is that you will only have one account in New. You will be able to maintain and add to your Legacy accounts as well as to your New account. You will also be able to transfer records from your Legacy account to your New account.

Login to New RefWorks at

If you need to login to RefWorks Legacy (Old RefWorks):

Never fear! You still have access to your old RefWorks account under the RefWorks Legacy (Old RefWorks) tab.

Primary Resources vs Secondary Resources