What are scholarly sources?
How do I search for and find scholarly sources?
For articles, search in library databases. Look for links to limit results by "academic sources" or "peer-reviewed sources."
For books, search in LibrarySearch. Look for the name of the publisher in the catalog record, e.g., "University of California Press."
How can I tell if a source is scholarly?
In general, scholarly sources:
How can I be absolutely sure my journal article is scholarly?
Many databases offer the option to search for "peer-reviewed" journal articles - those are academic articles reviewed by the authors' peers for accuracy during the editing and publishing process.
If you are using a database that does not have this filter option, or if you find an article citation somewhere else, you can check if the article was published in a "peer-reviewed" journal or magazine by using Ulrichsweb. Search for your journal or magazine by title and look for a little black and white striped referee jersey icon next to its name.