Introduction

This lesson covers how to distinguish between scholarly and popular sources. Scholarly and popular are terms used to to describe a source's content, purpose, audience and more. Popular sources are useful for getting ideas for a topic or for background and anecdotal information. Typically, however, you should support your arguments by citing scholarly articles, which contain original research written by experts.

After completing this lesson you should be able to:

  • distinguish between popular and scholarly periodicals and books
 
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Credits
Original Searchpath material © 2001-2002 by the Board of Trustees of Western Michigan University. Searchpath incorporates material from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated only subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Searchpath Open Publication License.