A scholarly text is written by a researcher to present the results of their research or to summarise the research of others. There are different types of scholarly texts within your subject: books, book chapters, articles and dissertations.
Scholarly articles will probably be the most common type of scholarly text that you will read in connection to your thesis. A scholarly article is published in a scholarly journal. This means, among other things, that the articles are reviewed by other researchers. Such a review process is usually called peer review or refereeing and often we refer to them as peer review articles.
Peer review articles are often written in an IMRAD format, which means the following:
Peer review articles often have an abstract as well, which summarizes the content of the article. Usually, there is also a reference list at the end of the article. Example from Psychology, Crime & Law, Vol. 15, No. 8, October 2009, 743758
Below you can learn more about the peer review process. (Film by NC State University)
Some databases have the option to limit the search to peer review journals. Look for a box sayintg "Peer review" and tick it after you've run your search.
Note that you can't use the peer review limiter in Pubmed. Instead use Ulrichsweb, where you search for the journal and check under "Refereed", if it says "Yes" it is a peer review journal. You can also google the name of the journal and check their website to see if there's any information on peer review.
To help you decide if a source is appropriate four your essay you can ask yourself the following questions:
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