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What Are Scholarly Sources?

Information sources are considered scholarly or academic if they are written by experts (also known as scholars). The experts may be an individual author, a group of authors, or a group which is considered an authority (like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a department of the  US Government.)

Not sure? ASK: If you are unsure if your source is scholarly, ask a librarian or your instructor. We'll help you make that decision, and teach you more about how to identify scholarly sources in future.

The most common types of scholarly sources are:

  • Scholarly books (like scholarly encyclopedias of music, history, psychology, medicine, etc.)
  • Scholarly articles (published in scholarly journals, also called academic journals)

Videos

Explains the basics of what scholarly articles are and how libraries provide students online access to articles through database subscriptions. [From North Carolina State U. Libraries]

How to Read and Understand Scholarly Journal Articles