To determine if your sources are scholarly -- usually peer reviewed, you will need to do some research. Keep in mind that while databases do contain scholarly sources, not all sources in a database are scholarly -- think book reviews, opinion pieces, speeches, working papers. Here are a few things to consider when evaluating a source:
To determine if a source is scholarly, you will need to do a bit of evaluation of the source. While the library provides access to databases and databases to contain scholarly sources, not all sources within a database are scholarly -- think book reviews, opinion pieces, working papers. Here are a few things to consider:
Are author names provided?
|Who is the publisher of the information?||Who is the intended audience?||Are sources cited within the text?||When was the item published?|
Are the authors' credentials provided?
|Is the publisher an academic institution, scholarly or professional organization?||Is the language specific to those with knowledge of a specific discipline?||If the sources are cited, where are those sources from?||How frequently is the journal published?|
|Are the credentials relevant to the information?||What is the purpose for publishing this information?||Are conclusions based on evidence?||How recently was the web page updated?|
|Are the authors connected to professional organizations?||What is the process for getting published?||Is there a bibliography or works cited?||Have other publications referenced this source?|