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What is a scholarly source?

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Scholarly/Academic sources are items that are written by academics and experts. They are aimed at an audience of academics, experts, or college students. They are not intended for a general audience - like magazines or newspapers. Scholarly articles are not necessarily peer reviewed, but peer reviewed articles are always scholarly.

Peer-Reviewed describes the process that an article goes through before it can be published in a peer-reviewed journal. The term peer-reviewed is oftern used interchangably with terms like AcademicScholarly, or Refereed, however, scholarly articles are not allways published in academic journals that use the peer reviewed process. A peer review process can also be "blind" where the members of the review team do not know the authors identity.

  1. Academic or expert writes an article
    • audience other academics, experts, or students
  2. Article is then submitted for review to the editors of an academic journal - Example: Editors of Social Science Quarterly
    • editors are experts with specialist degrees in the particular area.
  3. Editors review the article

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