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Scholarly Sources

I've heard of scholarly sources. What does that mean exactly?

-Scholarly sources are those that are written by experts in a particular field (historians, scientists, professors, etc).

-These writers sometimes spend years researching and writing just one article

-Language is advanced and utilizes the specific vocabulary of the field

-Tend to be longer articles

-Usually include citations and/or footnotes

-Do Not have ads

-Are often peer reviewed which means the article was presented to other experts in the field for editing prior to publication

Examples of Scholarly Sources:

International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

Journal of African American History

Pacific Historical Review

Popular Sources

-written for a general audience

-have glossy covers

-usually written by journalists or other writers, not experts in the field

-These writers don't often get much time to research their articles

-usually include ads and attention grabbing headlines

-shorter articles that use easily accessible language.

-the purpose of these articles is to inform the general public,to entertain, and make money for the publisher

Examples of Popular Sources:


The Economist

The Week

It is ok to use a mix of these sources. However, if your teacher specifically asks for scholarly sources then you have to limit the sources you use. For scholarly sources the best place to look is the JSTOR database or Gale Student Resouces in Context.

Scholarly Sources

Adstarkel. Scholarly & Popular Sources. Flickr, 9 May 2014,
     photos/adstarkel/14142875101/in/photolist-nzUunV-nxKW3a. Accessed 17 Sept.

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