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Welcome to the Wayne G. Basler Library at Northeast State Community College
Getting Started with Research
Learn about the research process from topic to writing and citing. Find information about locating sources such as books, articles, and films.
Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a librarian for assistance:
Library Databases vs. Search Engines (Video Tutorial)
Watch this video from WHMS Library to understand the difference between library databases and search engines.
Identifying and Finding Scholarly Peer-Reviewed Articles and Books
What are characteristics of scholarly sources?
In general, scholarly sources:
Are written by an author with an advanced degree, i.e., a college professor
Are written for an academic audience
Contain a credible list of citations/references
Include in-text citations
Often contain an abstract, literature review, methodology, results, or discussion
How can I tell if a source is scholarly?
Articles published in scholarly journals which cover academic and scientific research. Scholarly journals are often referred to as "peer-reviewed" or "refereed" journals. Journals can also be scholarly or academic, but not "peer-reviewed."
Books are not "peer-reviewed," like articles. Instead, they are written by academic scholars, and edited and published (most often) by academic or university presses, e.g.: Routledge, IGI Global, or University of Tennessee Press. A book review can indicate if the book is scholarly.