“Identifying Scholarly Sources” National History Day September, 2012
Kinds of Information Sources POPULAR VS. SCHOLARLY
PopularSources Audience is the general public Written by writers who may or may not have specific training in the subject Purpose is to inform and entertain or sell something Language is simple and understandable Coverage is broad and varied
ScholarlySources Written by experts or scholars in a field Audience is other experts and scholars Purpose is to communicate research and ideas Often contains specialized vocabulary/technical language Very narrow in scope and subject coverage Contains very few illustrations and no advertisements
Finding Scholarly articles Also known as academic, peer-reviewed, or refereed Articles published in academic journals Published by academics for an academic audience Published by a recognized society with academic goals and mission
To determine if an article is scholarly……. Look at name of journal and publisher Has it undergone a process of peer-review? What is the length of the article? Advertisements? Illustrations? Does it contain references to other sources? Are the citations clear and abundant? Who is the author? Are credentials given? Scan the abstract
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