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Finding and Evaluating Scholarly Sources: How Do I Evaluate Sources?

This guide will introduce you to scholarly resources you will need for your research assignments; Scholarly and Popular Publications-journals, magazines, newspapers; and define primary and secondary sources.

What is a Scholarly Source?

What is a Scholary Source?

Scholarly sources (also referred to as academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed) are written by experts in a particular field and serve to keep others interested in that field up to date on the most recent research, findings, and news. These resources will provide the most substantial informatin for your research and papers.

Why Use Scholarly Sources?

The authority and credibility evident in scholarly sources will contribute a great deal to the overall quality of your papers.  Use of scholarly sources is an expected attribute of academic course work.

How Can I Tell If a Source is Scholarly?

The following characteristics can help you differentiate scholarly  sources from those that are not.  Be sure to look at the criteria in each category when making your determination, rather than basing your decision on only one criteria.


What is Peer Review?

When a source has been peer-reviewed, it has undergone the review and scrutiny of a review board of colleagues in the author's field.  They evaluate this source as part of the body of research for a particular discipline and make recommendations regarding its publication in a jouranl, revisions prior to publication, or, in some cases, reject its publication.