What is a Scholarly Source?

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To follow up our discussion of scholarly sources in class, below are criteria to consider when searching for scholarly sources.

Scholarly Sources:

  • Are written by scholars (people with Ph.D.s) who are experts on relevant subject matter
  • Include articles published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Have a thesis and are fairly long (usually 10+ pages for articles)
  • Include books published by a scholarly publisher (like a university press)
  • Use extensive verifiable evidence to support their claims
  • Usually have a (long) list of Works Cited or bibliographic footnotes
  • Have a professional design
  • Are up-to-date and relevant to the issues being researched

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