Q. How can I tell if my sources are "scholarly"?
|Scholarly sources||Popular Sources|
|Longer articles from discipline-specific journals||Shorter articles from newspapers or magazines|
|Provide the author's qualifications or credentials||Are written by journalists or professional writers|
|Contains technical or discipline-specific language||Contains language easily understood by the general public|
|Includes full citations for sources||Rarely gives full citations for sources|
|Typically is not colorful and does not include advertisements||Is colorful and contains many advertisements|
Peer reviewed sources contain the same characteristics as scholarly sources, BUT these articles also undergo a review and evaluation by a group of discipline specialists, before they are accepted for publication.
Some databases provide the option to limit your search to return only scholarly, peer-reviewed results. However, the database may not make a distinction between which articles are scholarly and which are peer-reviewed. To determine if an article comes from a peer-reviewed journal, you may need to go to the publications website; it should indicate if the articles published are peer reviewed.
Most often books are not considered peer review, since they go through a different publication process than journal articles.
For additional information check out the LibGuide Distinguish Scholarly vs. Popular Sources.