ENGLISH R1B: Representative Men- Dumont

Is it a scholarly source?

Your instructor may want you to use scholarly (or "peer-reviewed") sources. What does this meajournal coversn?

There are two main types of scholarly sources:

  1. Articles published in scholarly journals (print or electronic), which are usually peer-reviewed.   
  2. Books (print or electronic) intended for an expert or specialized audience.

Scholarly sources are:

  • Specialized: written by scholars for an informed, academic audience, at a level that requires some background knowledge in the subject
  • Build upon the work of other scholars, often including extensive bibliographies.
  • Examples: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  Journal of African American History, and JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)

Popular sources, on the other hand, are intended for the general public. These sources are more introductory, may not be written by experts in a field, and often do not cite any other sources. Examples of popular magazines include National Geographic, The Economist, Time, Newsweek, and People.

How can you tell if an article or book is scholarly? Look for:

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Library Workshop: Research 101

Unsure how to start a paper or research project? Think maybe you could stand to brush up ostudent with laptopn search strategies?

If this sounds familiar, Library Workshop: Research 101 has you covered. This interactive tutorial explores six stages of the research process. You can view it from start to finish, or focus on specific sections as needed:

1: Begin Your Research

Starting strategies, from choosing a topic to finding the right keywords.

2: Knowledge Cycle

The publication timeline, scholarly vs. popular sources, and differences in academic disciplines.

3: Finding Books

Search for books and other items in OskiCat, Cal's local library catalog.

4: Finding Articles

Locate and access articles in library research databases.

5: Make Citations

How to cite your sources correctly.

6: Basic Search

Common techniques for constructing searches that yield useful results.

7: Advanced Search

Specialized search strategies for targeting specific topics.

Last Update: August 23, 2013 14:06