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FYS 100P -- Healthy Living in College (Fall 2022): Reputable Sources--Scholarly Articles & Websites

Scholarly Articles for Your Final Paper

For much of your research in college, your professors will require you to use scholarly, academic sources. For your final paper for this course you are required to use scholarly sources. These sources are written by experts and researchers in a particular field of study. Many are peer reviewed, meaning that before publication they have been sent to other experts to verify the value and accuracy of the article. Below is a table to help you decide if a resource is scholarly.

Scholarly vs. Popular


Scholarly Journal

Popular Magazine


Articles are usually 10 pages or more in length; providing in-depth analysis of topics

Shorter articles (less than 10 pages), providing broader overview of topics

Written by

Author usually an expert or specialist in the field, name and credentials always provided

Author usually a journalist or a staff writer, name and credentials often not provided

Language/Written for

Written in technical language for professors, researchers, students of the field

Written at high school level for the general public


Original research results and scholarship

Popular topics and current events


Supposed to present objective/neutral viewpoint;

May reflect the editorial bias/slant of the magazine


Usually quarterly

Usually weekly


Articles usually structured, may include: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, bibliography

Articles do not necessarily follow a specific format or structure

Special Features

Illustrations that support the text, such as, tables of statistics, graphs, diagrams, maps, or photographs

Illustrations with glossy paper or color photographs


Serious and sober, with few colors and few or no advertisements

Glossy, with pictures and advertisements


Articles usually reviewed and critically evaluated by a board of experts in the field (known as refereed or peer-reviewed)

Articles are not reviewed by experts in the field, but by editors on staff

References Cited

Usually includes a bibliography and/or footnotes

Usually has no bibliography or footnotes



Social Science Quarterly

American Political Science Review




Sports Illustrated

Scientific American

Scholarly Articles

See the links below for scholarly articles on health topics for your final paper.

Government Websites


  • Anyone with a little time, some knowledge and small amount of money can publish on the Internet.
  • No person, persons or organization reviews the content of the Internet.
  • Pages are retrieved by search engines based on the page's content, not the relevancy or quality of the page.
  • Much information on the Web is not updated regularly.

For your final project, here is a sampling of government websites that would be appropriate for your final papers.