What are scholarly sources?
- Articles published in scholarly journals which cover academic and scientific research. Scholarly journals are often referred to as "peer-reviewed" or "refereed."
- Books written by academic scholars and published (most often) by university presses.
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:
- Are written by an author with an advanced degree, i.e., a college professor
- Are written for an academic audience
- Contain a credible list of citations/references
- Include in-text citations
- Often contain an abstract, literature review, methodology, results, or discussion.
How can I be absolutely sure my journal article is scholarly?
- Go to Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
- Type in the title of the journal in the search box
- When you find the link to the journal, click on it
- Look for the Document Type to say "Journal; Academic/Scholarly"