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Social and Cultural History of American Medicine and Health Care: Databases (Articles)

What is a Scholarly Article?

A scholarly or peer-reviewed article is one that is reviewed by a panel of experts in the field. The following are a few characteristics of a scholarly article:

  • An abstract, or summary, before the main text of the article
  • Footnotes and/or bibliographies that cite sources
  • Graphs or charts detailing the research process and/or results
  • Publication by a professional or academic organization
  • Discipline-specific language

Scholarly vs. Popular Journals

This short video from Vanderbilt University illustrates how to distinguish between scholarly and popular journals.

Primary and Scondary Sources

Short video explaining the difference between primary and secondary sources.

Suggested Databases to Begin Your Research

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