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What is a Scholarly Journal?

Scholarly, academic, refereed, peer-reviewed - these terms are sometimes used interchangably, but what do they mean?

Peer-reviewed and refereed publications: "articles submitted to a periodical are examined both by the editor and one or more specialists in the individual field before approval is given to publish. The purpose of the readers (often called an editorial board) is to ensure a better chance that the final product will be a contribution to knowledge." (Definition from Magazines for Libraries, New York : Bowker 1997).

Search Scholarly Publications

Refer to the Subject Reference Tools handouts linked on the Home page of this Guide to see recommended databases within a discipline. Many of those databases give access to articles published in scholarly or peer-reviewed publications. The databases listed below are interdisciplinary and contain articles in scholarly journals from a variety of subjects and disciplines:


Watch this short video which demonstrates how to limit a search in a database to just scholarly articles:

Journal Title Search - Ebsco

You can browse journal and periodical holdings using the Subject Lists, or use the widget below to search for a particular publication title.

Journal Title Search:
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Google Scholar

Set your Google Scholar Preferences to recognize that you are affiliated with Pace University. Check out our Help Guide which explains this process.

Google Scholar Search

Interlibrary Loan

When you find an article listed in a database, and the article is not immediately available to read, use the Search for Item button to search Pace's periodical holdings. If you get a message that directs you to use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan service to request a copy of the article, follow the link.

  • Articles (pdf files/photocopies) can take anywhere from 24 hours to a few days to obtain.
  • Books, conference proceedings and other documents are also available for request and can be picked up at your home campus Library.