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This guide helps users differentiate between popular and scholarly resources.
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WHY DOES IT MATTER?

It matters because, as a college or graduate student, you are an academic.  You can contribute to that community and converse with other learned individuals at a higher level in your subject area.

HELPFUL LINKS

  • Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
    Look up a journal title here to help determine whether the journal your article comes from is a scholarly resource.
  • About University Presses
    The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) website describes the difference between commercial presses and university presses. A link to a list of university presses is provided.
 

INTRODUCTION

So, your professor told you that you can't use the Internet to find sources for your paper.  Instead, you have to use "Scholarly Journals" and other academic resources.  What does that mean?

This guide's intent is to shine a light on the difference between those items that are considered scholarly or academic and those items that are considered popular.  This is not a negative judgment.  At times, you may even use "popular" materials in your research and writing.  However, it is important that you know the difference and understand the types of materials you are using to support the assertions in your work.

Remember, not all information is created equal.  It is up to you to use your best judgment to determine the worth, validity, and merit of a work.

 

DEFINITIONS

Scholarly or Academic sources:

Their purpose is to share information within the subject field and they are based on original research and experimentation. They are suitable for academics, and are supported by a system of learning and study.  They are less widely circulated than popular sources and may be understandable only to those who work or study in a particular field. In addition, scholarly sources are juried either through peer review or the referee process.

  • Peer-Reviewed: When an article is Peer-Reviewed, the editors of the journal wishing to publish the item send it to scholars in the relevant field; e.g., an article about Biology would go to other biologists.  These scholars provide feedback about the article's pertinence to scholarship in their field, the quality of research and presentation of findings, and more.  This ensures that the articles that wind up in academic journals have scholastic merit and contribute to the overall research in the field.

  • Refereed: A Refereed Article is also referred to other scholars in the field.  However, in this instance, the reviews are blind.  In other words, the academic peers conducting the review do not know the name of the work's author.  In addition, it is often the case that the reviewers' names are not made known to the author.  This ensures that the work is judged solely on its own merit rather than the author's reputation.  In addition, the manuscript must be reviewed by at least two other people.

Popular sources: are widely available, usually cheaper to acquire, and can be understood by almost every person with basic literacy skills.  They tend to promulgate known ideas and theories. These works may be professionally edited, but do not go through a jury process.

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