This guide will help you understand what scholarly sources are, distinguish them from non-scholarly sources, and recognize the importance of peer-review.
Terms to Know
Scholarly sources: publications intended for an academic audience
Peer-review: a formal process in which works are evaluated by fellow experts in a field prior to publication
What are some characteristics of scholarly sources?
Scholarly sources generally share the following characteristics:
To advance knowledge in a field of study, often in the form of original research or analysis
Journal articles, books, book chapters; usually 5 pages or longer
Experts in the field, such as professors, scientists, etc.
Text-heavy, with advanced language and terminology from the discipline
Includes citations and a bibliography, works cited, or references list
Why should I use scholarly sources?
Many research assignments will require you to use scholarly sources, but that's not the only reason to use them. Reading and referencing scholarly sources can enhance the quality of your paper.
Incorporating their work into your writing through references and quotations adds weight to your argument and demonstrates that you are familiar with the topic (Murray & Hughes, 2008; Wang & Park, 2016).
Murray, N., and Hughes, G. (2008). Writing up your university assignment and research projects: A practical handbook. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral.proquest.com
Wang, G. T., & Park, K. (2016). Student research and report writing: From topic selection to the complete paper. Retrieved from https://ebookcentral.proquest.com