Scholarly sources report on original research by experts in a particular academic discipline. Often they go through a peer-review process, which means that they are evaluated by reputable scholars in the field before they are published.
|Questions to Ask
|Who wrote it?
|Does the author acknowledge his or her sources? How?
|Is the content substantial?
Does it appear to be valid and well-researched?
Does it make sense, based on your own background knowledge, or what other articles have to say on the topic?
|Is the language scholarly?
Is the article well written?
Do illustrations and data support the content in a scholarly fashion, or do they appear to be attention-getting, or sensational?
|Who is the article written for?
Is it written for experts and researchers in the field, or for members of the general public?
|Is it published in a scholarly journal?
Is the article published in a scholarly journal? How would you find out?
Investigate the journal using these two strategies:
1. Visit the journal’s website to learn more about the periodical.
Is it published by a scholarly association such as the Canadian Sociological Association?
Is it published by a university press?
On the journal’s website, look for the “about this journal” or “submission guidelines” section to learn about the publication’s editorial policy.