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British Literature Research: Scholarly Journals

Welcome to the Literary Research guide for British Literature from the 18th century to the present.

Importance of Scholarly Journals

Scholarly journals contain articles that are peer-reviewed. What this means is the article was examined by a panel of experts in the same field before being published. These experts look for a set of criteria to determine the quality of the article and if the article disseminates new research.

However, not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed. But all peer-reviewed journals are scholarly. Trade publications often contain scholarly articles that did not go through a review process. If in doubt, one resource to use to determine if the journal is a scholarly resource is to use the MLA Directory of Periodicals, Ebscohost's Serials Directory, and UlrichsWeb.