What are some ways to identify scholarly sources?
There are certain recognizable characteristics that you can use to determine if a source is scholarly.
Authors of scholarly sources are usually scholars and experts in their fields. Author names are listed along with their qualifications, such as affiliation with a universities or other research institutions and professional credentials.
Scholarly sources are generally published in academic journals. For scholarly books, many are published by university and college presses or academic and professional associations.
Scholarly sources are aimed at other scholars, research, and students, rather than general readers.
Sources of other scholarly research in the field are referenced and cited in scholarly sources.
Scholarly sources are written with academic language and terminology specific to the field. Because the audience of scholarly research is other scholars, a certain level of knowledge about the topic ad the field is assumed.
Scholarly sources are often text-heavy and plain in appearance. Articles may be in black and white and contain little to no advertising. Any graphics included will be to provide information, like charts, graphs, or a primary source.
The typical elements of scholarly journal articles include the title of the journal, the volume and issue number of the journal, an abstract, and keywords or subjects. A specific structure of elements inside the body of the article is followed, especially for scientific research, that includes an introduction, literature review, methodology, results, and conclusion.