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  • Evaluating Sources: What is a Scholarly Article?

    Tips for evaluating sources

    Scholarly vs Popular

     

    Scholarly

    Popular (Magazines)

    Purpose

    Report results of research

    Report current events

    Entertainment

    Summarize research of general interest

    Audience

    Scholars, researchers and students in a particular field of study

    General population

    Authors

    Researchers, Experts in field

    Named

    Credentials given

    Journalists

    Often unnamed

    Credentials not given

    Characteristics

    Long articles (5+ pages)

    No advertisements

    Citations

    Technical or specialized language

    Peer reviewed

     

    Short articles

    Pictures and advertisements

    No citations

    Every day language

    Not peer reviewed

    What is a Scholarly Article?

    A fun video that walks you through the parts of a scholarly article.

    Peer Reviewed?

    An article is considered scholarly or peer-reviewed if it appears in a journal that requires a pre-publication review of its articles.  The article is read and edited by a group of subject experts who check accuracy. The articles published must meet certain standards for that particular field.  

    In a NUTSHELL - It doesn't get published until EXPERTS in the field say its okay.

    Peer Review in 3 Minutes

    In 3 minutes, viewers of this video will become familiar with the peer-review process and understand its significance to new knowledge production and scholarly research. From NC State Libraries.