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ENG 125: Introduction to Literature (Purugganan - AL): Your Sources - How Scholarly?

Determine How Scholarly Your Sources Are

Look carefully at several aspects of your source, whether it's a book, article, or website, to determine how scholarly the source is.  For example:

  • Who is the author, and what are the author's credentials?  An author with a Ph.D. in the subject is the most scholarly.
  • What's the vocabulary like?  Is it very basic, is it understandable by high school or college students, or is it the specialized vocabulary used in a specific subject?
  • Are there references (list of works cited)?  Are the references from scholarly sources?

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How Scholarly Are Your Sources?


No credentials                                                                                      Expert with credentials





Self-published                                                                                                Scholarly press




Audience (Look at vocabulary, concepts)

Basic                                                                                                            Scholarly, advanced





None                                                                                                                  Peer reviewed





None                                                                                                    List of Scholarly Sources




Based on where your source falls on the sliding scales above, what is your final judgment about your source for college research?


Least Scholarly                                                                                                     Most Scholarly