An overview of the significant literature published on a topic. Rather than evaluating each source separately, a lit review is written in essay form, and explains how each work is similar to and how it varies from the others.
By the end of this tutorial you will be able to:
Recognize what articles are
Understand there are different types of articles
Distinguish characteristics of different article types
Identify different article types in research database search results
Limit database searches to types of articles
Scholarly articles are published in academic journals. ASU Library subscribes to reputable databases that contain credible and reliable sources. Not every article in each database is full text right there. If no HTML or PDF file is right there, please use the Get It @ ASU button to find the full text in the ASU Library.
If you are wondering about the scholarliness of a journal, we use Ulrichsweb to verify that the journal is scholarly and if it is also peer-reviewed. You look up the name of the journal. the text of the entry tells you if it is academic and in the columns on the left, the little black & white referee shirt icon tells you if the journal is refereed, also called peer-reviewed.