If you are using this guide, your professor probably asked you to find scholarly sources. Watch the videos or read the instructions on this guide to learn more about what scholarly sources are and how you can distinguish between scholarly sources and other types of sources.
Wonder why your professor wants you to use scholarly articles? This article will explain why these sources are important and some tips on recognizing what sources are scholarly.
Source types are more than just book, journal, webpage, etc. You'll also want to determine if the source is a popular or a scholarly source.
Here's a table that illustrates the differences between the two types of sources.
|Purpose||current events, entertainment, summary||research, communicating information|
|Audience||general||scholars, researchers, students|
|Authors||journalists, often unnamed||researchers, experts, always named|
|Characteristics||shorter length, informal, few citations||longer length, formal, more citations, peer-reviewed*|
Peer-reviewed articles have been reviewed and accepted for publication by a selected panel of recognized experts in the field of study covered by the journal (also know as the author's peers).