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SOC 201/202: Intro to Sociology (WO): Scholarly or Popular

Overview

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:


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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.

Peer Review Flowchart from http://johnosullivan.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/peer-review-diagram.jpg

Peer Review Cartoon from http://strange-matter.net

Scholarly and Popular