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  • 1. “Identifying Scholarly Sources” National History Day September, 2012
  • 2. Kinds of Information Sources POPULAR VS. SCHOLARLY
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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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