What are scholarly or academic sources?
When an assignment calls for scholarly sources, typically that means academic books and articles from scholarly journals.
Quick rule of thumb of telling whether a source is scholarly is to look for a works cited list or bibliography in which the author refers to the work of other researchers.
What is Peer-Reviewed?
Some scholarly articles are called peer-reviewed as they are critically evaluated for originality, quality of research, and clarity of presentation by the author's peers (experts who do research in the same field).
|Author||Staff writers;not always identified||Journalist or layperson||Experts in area of study; researchers and scholars|
|Audience||General||General||Professors, researchers, practitioners and students|
|Content||Current events||Interviews, general information, advertisements||In-depth research on specialized or technical topics; usually includes an abstract; academic book reviews|
|Purpose||Current, topical and local information||Entertain, provide general and popular information||Provide information about original research or experiements; report new findings in field of research|
|Frequency||Daily||Weekly||Months or years of preparation before publishing|
|Examples||New York Times, Washington Post||Time, Newsweek, Business Week||Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, Urban Studies, Science|
Is it Scholarly/Academic?