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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 These sources are more introductory, may not be written by experts in a field, and often do not cite any other sources.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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Last Update: May 15, 2012 15:06