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.
How do I search for and find scholarly sources?
Articles in LibrarySearch
Search in the Library Catalog* or library databases for articles and limit results by "academic sources" or "peer-reviewed sources."
*The Library Catalog includes search results from many of the Northeast State Basler Library's database subscriptions.
Articles in a Database
Databases often have a "Scholarly" or "Peer Review" filter option too. Here's an example from one of our EBSCO databases:
Search in the Library Catalog by title or keyword. Many of our books are "scholarly," but look for the name of the publisher to find an academic press, e.g., "Princeton University Press."