Many professors may require you to use scholarly articles or other resources in your research. But what does that mean, and how do you determine if a resource is considered scholarly?
Although there is no hard and fast rule, here are some guidelines:
- List the author's name and degree or title
- Address very specific topics
- Present research findings
- Have lengthy bibliographies
- Use specialized or technical terminology
- Are written for students or other researchers
- Usually include abstracts, or summaries
- Are published in scholarly journals or by a scholarly press.
Library databases can help you identify scholarly resources. For example you can preform a general library search and limit results by Academic (Peer-Reviewed) Articles
Example of a scholarly article.
Example of a scholarly book.
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