Did your professor say that you have to use scholarly (or peer-reviewed) articles for your assignment? That means that you need to find an article that was published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Articles in scholarly journals are a critical source of authoritative information, as they contain the results of original academic research or experimentation. Scholarly journals are also referred to as "academic," "peer-reviewed," or "refereed" journals.
Academic journal articles are markedly different from magazine and newspaper articles. NCSU Libraries has created this interactive activity that will quickly and effectively introduce you to the various parts of an academic journal article:
Title usually acts as a brief summary containing technical terms
Authors and credentials establish the authority of the contributor(s) and ultimately the article
Abstract is brief article summary to help readers quickly establish if an article fits their needs
Charts, Graphs & Equations related directly to the research may be presented within the article
Article Text is the body of an article, typically comprised of common parts
Conclusion summarizing the results or findings of the article
References a list of other publications cited throughout the article
In Omni (and many of the article indexes and databases to which Queen's Library subscribes) an option is available to filter, or limit, your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals. While these filters are a major convenience, they may not be 100% accurate.
Omni is drawing upon data from a vast quantity of collections and resources (mostly full-text databases, indexes and abstracts) and interpretation of what is academic, peer-reviewed, or a journal can vary from resource to resource.
It is essential that you evaluate every source you are considering using for your research paper.
Popular magazines or newspapers can be good sources for research projects. However, they are NOT considered scholarly journals!
In order to Identify a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal article, check our guide:
to learn how to identify the difference between them.