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PSY 201/202: Intro to Psychology (WO): Scholarly or Popular


Sources of information can range from being not scholarly, to very scholarly, to somewhere in the middle.  Each source will go somewhere on this Scale of Scholarliness:


Least Scholarly               Credible/Reliable                Most Scholarly

Where on the Scale of Scholarliness does your source fall?
To make your determination, consider the six things listed below.  Click on each box to learn more.

Author Credentials Audience purpose
Publisher Editing/Review References

What Are Peer Reviewed Journals?

Many scholarly journals use a process called peer review.

  • Before an article can be published, scholars in the author's field (the author's peers) must critically evaluate it.
  • Peer review is a kind of quality control.

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