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PSY 1010 White: What Are Scholarly Sources?

The Library Website

The CSM library website is your portal to scholarly resources!

From the library website you can search for books, encyclopedias, articles, and more!

Tutorial: Scholarly and Peer Reviewed Sources

What Are Scholarly Sources?

Scholarly sources differ from other sources in that they are written by experts in a field for other experts (including experts-in-training – students!).

These sources are reviewed by editors of subject experts before publication to ensure that the resource is factually accurate, free from severe bias, and appropriate for research and academic use.

How can I tell if a source is scholarly?

Scholarly sources have distinguishing characteristics that set them apart from non-scholarly (aka popular) sources.   

Journals/Articles

  • long articles that often present original research
  • uses the jargon of the field and assumes some technical knowledge on the part of the reader
  • always cites sources and includes a list of references
  • authors are experts in the field and are often associated with universities, research institutes, or think tanks

Books

  • published by a university press, specialty arts publisher, or a reputable institution, like a well respected museum
  • cites sources and includes a list of references
  • authors are experts in the field and are often associated with universities, research institutes, or think tanks

Reference Sources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries)

  • can be specific to the subject or field of study, as well as general sources that cover a wide variety of subjects
  • published by a reputable publisher with a professional editing staff

Scholarly sources can be print, like books, or digital, like databases.