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SW 531 Aging, Society & the Life Course: What is a Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed article?

This guide provides resources to support social work practice with older adults and their families.

What is a scholarly article?

The following characteristics are found in most scholarly journal research articles:  

  • Introduction or Literature Review
  • Theory or Background
  • Subjects
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Have a bibliography or a list of references at the end of the article.
  • Have an abstract (summary) at the beginning of the article.
  • Does it list the author’s credentials?  Who is this person?

Here is an example of a scholarly, research article found in your Library's database:


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Ethical Issues In Research With Hispanic Drug Users: Participant Perspectives On Risks And Benefits

Author: Singer, Merrill1; Mirhej, Greg; Hodge, Derrick; Saleheen, Hassan; Fisher, Celia B; Mahadevan, Meena1 Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention and the Center for Health Communication and Marketing, University of Connecticut

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Abstract: There has been considerable discussion in the research ethics literature concerning special researcher responsibilities in studying vulnerable populations, including whether or not drug addicts, as a result of their health condition and craving for drugs, constitute a vulnerable group from a human subject perspective. In the assessment of ethical issues, researchers in recent years have begun to recognize the critical importance of hearing the subject's voice and learning the concerns and attitudes of those who participate in research. To date, however, despite a significant increase in studies of not-in-treatment drug users, little attempt has been made to determine the perspectives of drug users about participation in research, especially ethnic minority drug users, and in particular, Hispanic drug users. Based on recent findings of a study of drug user attitudes and perspectives on research, this paper reports on the perceived risks and benefits of participation in research of a subsample of Hispanic street drug users from Hartford, Connecticut. Adapted from the source document.


Subject: *Ethics; *Research Methodology; *Addiction; *Drug Abuse; *Hispanic Americans

Classification: 6129: addiction

Correspondence author: Singer, Merrill  

Publication title: Journal of Drug Issues

Volume: 38

Issue: 1

Pages: 351-372

Number of pages: 22

Publication year: 2008

Year: 2008

Publisher: Florida State University, Tallahassee

ISSN: 0022-0426


Source type: Scholarly Journals

Peer reviewed: Yes

Language of publication: English

Document type: Journal Article

Number of references: 41

Update: 2009-10-02

Accession number: 200907465

ProQuest document ID: 61423560

Document URL:

Last updated: 2012-02-15

Database: Social Services Abstracts


Citation style: APA 6th - American Psychological Association, 6th Edition


Singer, M., Mirhej, G., Hodge, D., Saleheen, H., Fisher, C. B., & Mahadevan, M. (2008). Ethical issues in research with hispanic drug users: Participant perspectives on risks and benefits. Journal of Drug Issues, 38(1), 351-372. Retrieved from