What is a scholarly source?
Scholarly sources are written by experts in a particular field or area of study (discipline). These sources are used by others in the same discipline to stay informed and up to date on the most recent research, research findings, and news in that discipline. You might also hear scholarly sources referred to as peer-reviewed or refereed.
What does peer reviewed mean?
Peer reviewed sources are scholarly scources that have gone through a rigorous review process by a review board of colleagues in the author's discipline. This review board evaluates the source submitted for publication to determine its value as a contribution to the body of research in that discipline. The submission may be accepted, returned for revisions, or even rejected by the review board.
Why use scholarly sources?
Using scholarly sources is an expected part of your academic course work because these sources are credible and authoritative; they are written by academically recognized experts. These types of sources will help you produce quality papers and presentations.
You are now a part of the scholarly community and part of the scholarly conversation. Here is how it works and why these sources are important:
Creating Pathways to Discovery
Creation of New Knowledge
How can I tell if a source is scholarly?
Scholarly sources have particular characteristics as follows:
You will learn more about this on the next page, Scholarly Characteristics >>