To write effectively as a journalist, you will need to be able to distinguish one type of article from another.
See Writing in the Disciplines: Journalism, from the University of Richmond Writing Center for a detailed description of several article types.
Article types that you will learn about in this class:
Opinion Piece or Op-Ed
Scholarly Article (see boxes at right)
Report or White Paper
The best sources of information are peer-reviewed, scholarly articles from journals.
See Identifying Scholarly Articles from University of Wisconsin - Madison for further help with locating and identifying scholarly articles.
For more information on the differences between scholarly and non-scholarly/popular articles, see this guide from the University of Arizona.
Scholarly article example:
Lucas M, Mirzaei F, Pan A, et al. Coffee, Caffeine, and Risk of Depression Among Women. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(17):1571-1578.
What Does "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed" Mean?
Librarians at the University of Texas at Austin explain the Peer Review process in this way:
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, its appropriateness for the journal, etc.
Publications that don't use peer review (Time, Cosmo, Salon) just rely on the judgement of the editors whether an article is up to snuff or not. That's why you can't count on them for solid, scientific scholarship.
Note:This is an entirely different concept from "Review Articles," also known as Literature Review Articles.