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Scholarly Journal Articles

Sometimes your professor will ask that at least some of your sources be from "scholarly journals." Scholarly journal articles are typically written by experts in the field who are often associated with universities. Journal articles will often focus on an aspect of a topic, and go into quite a bit of depth. They must be peer reviewed by other experts in the field, before being approved for publication.

The databases below are great places to look for these scholarly articles. Remember to place a checkmark next to where it says "peer reviewed" or "scholarly journals." 

Please note: for the JStor database, use the "advanced search" option, as it will limit you to content for which HACC has full-text access.

Recommended Databases

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center

Features literary criticism on literary figures and themes from subject specialized reference works and scholarly journals.

ProQuest Central

Literature & Language (ProQuest)

Articles covering English, American literature, world literature, and linguistics.


JSTOR Arts & Sciences Archive Collection

Contains digitized back issues of academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.


Academic Search Complete

Articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers covering every area of academic study and news.