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How to tell if you're looking at a Scholarly source
Scholarly articles have the following traits:
- They tend to be long, greater than 5 pages
- They are written by researchers
- They are well-documented, with long lists of references at the end
- They are published by reputable publishers in publications that may have the words "Journal," or "Review" in the title
Scholarly books are acceptable secondary sources, but how can you tell if a book is scholarly? Here are a few things to look for:
- One author
- Published by a University press (Oxford University Press, for example)
- Includes a significant bibliography
The example below highlights the areas to look at for clues in the catalog record.
If you are not sure whether you have a scholarly source, please ask!
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