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OTA 140: Article Review Project (Andrews)

Use the databases and search tips in this guide to find an article for your presentation for Andrews (OTA 140).

Citation vs. Full Text


  • Includes just the basic information about a specific source of information
  • A citation for a journal article will typically include:
    • title of the journal
    • title of the article
    • author(s)
    • volume and/or issue number
    • page numbers
    • publication date

Full text:

  • The complete work (book, article, etc.) in either print or electronic format

What is peer review?

Peer review is a process that journals use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship currently available. When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field (the author's peers) to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship, its relevance to the field, and its appropriateness for the journal.

Scholarly vs. Peer Reviewed

All peer reviewed articles are scholarly articles. However, not all scholarly articles go through a peer review process. You may need to clarify with your instructor about whether or not they are requiring you to use only peer reviewed articles.

Peer Review Process

Peer Review Process Chart

How to Read a Scholarly Article

Guess what?!? You don't have to read a scholarly article from start to finish. In fact, you shouldn't even attempt it at the start. Skipping around to certain sections and knowing what you'll find in those sections makes understanding the article much easier.

The following video gives you one strategy for dealing with journal articles that have very clearly defined sections (abstract, methods, discussion, results, etc.)

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