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CINT555 research resources: Understanding scholarly sources

Peer Reviewed: Explained in 3 minutes (Video)

From North Carolina State University Library (Closed Captioned)

Quick Summary: Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) and Popular Sources

"Scholarly" sources are

  • Written by experts (majority have advanced degrees),

  • Contain original research,

  • Cite other sources extensively throughout their work and contain works cited section

Peer reviewed articles are scholarly articles that have undergone a review process by other experts in the field before being published (hence - reviewed by their peers).


Popular” sources are

  • magazines, newspapers, books, websites, Youtube, trade journals etc.,.

  • written or produced for a general audience and informal in tone and scope.

  • reviewed by an editor but rarely cite other sources,

  • not peer reviewed



More Information:

Scholarly (peer reviewed) Sources vs Popular Sources (In depth)

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