Scholarly, peer-reviewed resources
You will often be asked to find scholarly, peer-reviewed sources for your assignments. What does this mean?
- Have an abstract (a summary) at the top of the article
- Feature in-depth, original research
- Use specialized vocabulary
- Provide lots of references and citations and include a bibliography at the end of the article
- Have been reviewed for validity by other experts in the same field, the author's peers (hence the term peer-reviewed)
3 ways to know for sure that an article is peer-reviewed:
- Use the "Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed" filter when searching library resources. Not sure what that means? Check out the library's Research: A Quick Start Guide or ask a librarian.
- If you're looking at a specific article that you find using the library website, click the title of the publication the article is published in, if it's linked. This will likely take you to an "about" section where it will tell you if the journal is peer-reviewed
- Google the title of the journal. This will also likely take you to an "about" page for the journal.
When we talk about popular resources, we don't mean which table they sit at in the cafeteria, but that they are meant for a popular audience aka the general public.
- Are intended for a wide audience (people with different backgrounds, knowledge levels, etc.)
- Are written to entertain, inform, or persuade
- Typically follow editorial or journalistic standards, but are not peer-reviewed
- Will not provide a reference list at the end of the article, but will cite sources in their writing (ex: "According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control...") or will provide direct quotes from a witness or source.
Examples of popular sources:
- Magazines (Time, Newsweek, Teen Vogue, The New Yorker, Slate)
- Newspapers (Bangor Daily News, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times)