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ENG: College Composition : West Potomac High School Dual Enrollment (AL): Information on Scholarly Articles

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How Scholarly?

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:

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Least Scholarly              
e.g., childrens' books
Sources that are not as scholarly, but
still credible, include popular periodicals
such as magazines and newspapers.
            Most Scholarly
Scholarly sources typically
include academic journal articles.

Things to Consider:

Sources that fall on the more scholarly end of the scale will typically have these characteristics:

Author Credentials

Most scholarly - expert with advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., J.D.) in relevant subject


Most scholarly - other experts, professionals, or scholars in that subject area; vocabulary and concepts very advanced/technical


Most scholarly - extensive list of scholarly sources


Most scholarly - a university, professional, or academic press; for example: Oxford University Press, American Psychological Association, Elsevier


Most scholarly - the author's peers (experts in a subject area) critically evaluate all aspects of the work; this is called Peer Review.  It can also be called Refereed.


Most scholarly - to inform or educate about a specific topic or to describe a research study; should be objective (it may support a particular side, but with documentation and fair consideration of the other side)

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