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Scholarly Sources: The Guide

This guide contains an explanation of scholarly sources.

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Welcome! LibraryConnect has many resources available to help you find scholarly sources.

Navigate through this guide using the tabs above to see the different types of resources and additional topics you can explore.

If you need help at any time, please don't hesitate to contact a librarian!

What are Scholarly Sources?

What are Scholarly Sources?

Different types of sources are useful for different purposes.

It's useful to categorize sources into these three main categories. You should click on these links to learn more.

  • Scholarly (also called academic or peer-reviewed)
  • Trade (also called professional) 
  • Popular

Click on the Scholarly/Popular/Trade tab (above) to see a chart that compares these different types of sources side by side.

Why Choose Scholarly Sources?

Here are a few good reasons to choose scholarly sources:

  • Your instructor may have requested that you choose scholarly sources. This is because he/she wants you to look at what scholars have to say about your topic.
  • You can trust that scholarly sources are authoratative because the author is an expert and they cite their sources.
  • The quality of your sources can say a lot about your paper. Choosing credible sources will strengthen your paper.

Scholarly sources are great for a lot of topics in the classroom, but other types of sources are useful in other situations.  Learn about other types of sources by clicking on one of the tabs above.