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Dual Enrollment Research Resources

Scholarly vs. Non-scholarly

Your instructor may ask you to use only scholarly resources for your paper.  What's the difference between a scholarly or non-scholarly resource?

Scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources include books and articles published in scholarly journals, encyclopedias, and books.  These sources are reviewed by a panel of experts in that particular field, and are often published by a professional association or a university press.  These experts ensure the information published is credible before accepting it for publication.

Non-Scholarly sources include websites, magazines, newspapers, and books that undergo no expert review prior to publishing.

What Is a Scholarly Article?

Popular, Scholarly, or Trade

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
 

  Scholarly Journals Popular Journals Trade Journals
Purpose Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.
Authors Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff. Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.
Audience Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts. Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists. Intended for practititioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article--What are the parts?

How do I read a scholarly article?

Primary vs. Secondary Sources in Science

Research Resources

 

Primary Sources

Definition: Reports original research; may also be referred to as primary articles, primary research or research studies.

Secondary Sources

 

Definition: Evaluations or interpretations of primary sources that provide commentary on the evidence.

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