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Scholarly or Popular? (Video)

Tips for Identifying Scholarly Articles

Scholarly sources generally have the following characteristics:

  • Authors: authors tend to be researchers or experts with PhDs in an academic field
  • Language: targets a specific audience and use subject-specific language or terms
  • Content: articles report on a study, original research, or experiments and often contain raw data in the form of graphs, charts, or statistics
  • Methods/References: authors detail the methodology of their study and cite their sources in length footnotes or bibliographies
  • Publishing: articles/books are reviewed by a board of editors (peer-review) before being published in professional/academic journals or a University Press

How to Read a Scholarly Journal Article