Searching for Scholarly/Academic sources in our databases or perhaps on the Web can help, but doesn't guarantee all of your sources will truly be scholarly. Below are some ways to evaluate scholarly/academic vs. other source types—you can also refer to the Differences at a Glance page and get some additional tips on the Popular Sources or Trade/Professional Sources pages. Be sure to look at the criteria in each category when making your determination, rather than basing your decision on only one or two categories.
Even after reviewing this list, you should continue to critically evaluate your sources. Be aware that scholarly publications can also include items beyond scholarly, peer-reviewed articles such as book reviews and editorials.
Why use scholarly sources?
The authority and credibility evident in scholarly sources will contribute a great deal to the overall quality of your papers. Use of scholarly sources is an expected attribute of college-level course work.
What does it mean when it says a scholarly source is peer-reviewed?
When a source has been peer-reviewed it has undergone the review and scrutiny of a review board of colleagues in the author's field. They evaluate this source as part of the body of research for a particular discipline and make recommendations regarding its publication in a journal, revisions prior to publication, or, in some cases, reject its publication.