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Kindrick, April. Abnormal Psychology: Scholarly articles

What is a scholarly journal?

Scholarly journals

Scholarly articles are written by professors and doctors and usually undergo a rigorous review process by a committee of their peers before they can be published.

Example would be: Journal of Social Psychology

Traits of scholarly journals:

  • Authors have advanced degrees (PhD or Master's)
  • Usually no color or advertising
  • Technical jargon
  • Lengthy articles
  • Always a list of references
  • Charts and graphs
  • Purpose is to further knowledge in the field
  • Audience is other scholars

The magazine Psychology Today is NOT a scholarly journal.

Scholarly/professional journals

Encyclopedia of Mental Health

Encyclopedia of Mental Health -- Use this source to get a good overview of a mental disorder. However, articles from this source would be supplemental and will NOT count as one of your 4 scholarly articles

Video on how to search for scholarly articles