When finding sources for a paper, you are often told you need "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" sources. This page will help you understand what a scholarly source is, where to find scholarly sources, and how to determine if a source you have is scholarly. Here are the key activities on this page:
Typical features of a scholarly article:
Length: scholarly articles are longer, usually at least 8 pages, but there is no set rule, and they usually include diagrams, charts, or graphs
Bibliography: scholarly articles always have a list of cited works
Language: scholarly articles are written for scholars and not the general public, so the language is specialized and technical
Authors: scholarly articles are written by experts who usually have PhD and academic affiliations
Just because your article is published in a scholarly journal does not mean your article is scholarly, because scholarly journals contain the following items which are NOT scholarly
If you are unsure about using the information you've found, be sure to check with a librarian or your professor.
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