It is essential to critically evaluate the source materials you find. Not all sources, whether electronic or print, provide trustworthy information. Appropriate source materials for your assignments include scholarly books and articles, as well as websites such as government and company websites.
HINT: It’s often easier to find relevant, quality scholarly books and articles through the library’s resources! Find useful resources for your case study and seminar assignments in the Economics Resources tab on the left.
On the other hand, scholarly articles...
There is one more key difference between scholarly and popular articles: scholarly articles are often published in peer-reviewed journals.
Many, but not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed. Peer review is a process that evaluates the quality of articles submitted for a given. The evaluation is done by a panel of experts - or peers of the author – and the review process can be quite lengthy (articles can go through multiple rounds of review and even then, not be accepted for publication).
Peer-reviewers evaluate the article on:
Peer review functions like a kind of quality assurance process. In theory, it ensures only the best research is published in a given journal.
See the Understanding Peer Review guide prepared by the University of Toronto Scarborough Library for more information about the peer-review process, searching for peer-reviewed articles and recognizing scholarly articles.
Some databases allows for limiting search results to peer-reviewed articles. However, if the database you are using does not, you will need to do some research to find out whether your article is peer-reviewed or not.
Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory is a great tool to help you identify whether an article is peer-reviewed or not.
To find out whether an article is peer-reviewed or not using Ulrichsweb:
1. Open Ulrichsweb
2. Type the JOURNAL title (not the article title) in the search bar and click the green search button.
3. In the search results, look for a referee jersey icon to indicate that a journal is refereed, which is a synonym for peer-reviewed.
4. You can also click on the journal title to see the full record. If you see "Refereed Yes", then you know the journal (and the articles publishing in it) are refereed/peer-reviewed.