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Articles give you a short focused treatment of up-to-date content. The articles in scholarly journals go through a peer-review process -- reviewed by experts before publication -- resulting in information that is more reliable. Journal articles can include reports, reviews of current research, editorials and news or updates.
Use articles from scholarly journals when you need original authoritative research on a topic; information to reinforce a position; or references that point you to other relevant research.
Scholarly journals are published more quickly than books, although the peer-review process can be lengthy.
(Artist's concept of volcanoes on Venus, NASA/JPL-Caltech/Peter Rubin, https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7689)
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ScienceDirect provides over 14 million publications from over 3,800 journals and more than 35,000 ebooks from Elsevier, its imprints, and society partners.
Web of Science: Core Collection
Access the world’s leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and examine proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions. Editions subscribed to include: Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-current) and Conference Proceedings Citation Index (1990-current).
SciFinder (first-time users see Registration)
Scifinder indexes chemical literature world-wide. In addition to its specialized chemistry finding aids, it includes citations to earth and planetary geochemistry and geochronology.
Compendex is a comprehensive database of scientific and engineering research, with millions of citations. Subjects related to planetary geology include mining engineering in extraterrestrial settings and engineering on planetary surfaces and atmospheres.
Scholarly, Professional, Popular? Evaluate:
What kind of information do you need? If you are writing for a class assignment, you may be required to use peer-reviewed ("refereed") or scholarly sources. In any case, you should always look for sources that are authoritative.
Scholarly Checklist -- Look for:
- Authors listed, with credentials
- Bibliography, references, or works cited
- Reviewed by peers or experts in the subject
- Published by a reputable publisher
- Purpose is to inform or impart knowledge, not to sell, persuade, entertain
- Appears impartial--few or no advertisements, no emotional language, unbiased
- Includes data, observations, statistics, or graphics to support conclusions
- Includes specialized or technical language or concepts
Authoritative Checklist -- A source can have authority even if it isn't scholarly.
- Author and/or publisher is an expert on the subject, for example:
- Manufacturer's catalogs
- Legal or regulatory information
- Author's affiliations and contact information are available
- Publisher or sponsoring organization is reputable (e.g., for websites, look for the domain; .gov or .edu sites are more likely to contain unbiased information)
- Cites scholarly or high-quality sources in references list/bibliography
Other Criteria to Consider -- These are not definitive, but worthy of consideration:
- Do you see errors in spelling, grammar, data?
- Is the publication in turn cited by other credible works published later?
- How current is the information? (No date? Be suspicious.)