Your instructor may tell you to only use “scholarly” sources for a project. They may also call them “academic,” “peer-reviewed,” “professional journals.” What does that mean? How can I tell a scholarly source versus a “popular” source?
||Will list academic credentials of the
|May/may not list academic credentials of the author(s).
||Typically a university or academically inclined organization.
||Typically a commercial publishing firm or media organization.
||Will contain footnotes, references, and/or bibliographies.
||May/may not contain footnotes, references, and/or bibliographies.
||Examined by experts in the field for accuracy and research validity before publication.
||No peer review process.
||Scholars, researchers, students.
||Monthly, Quarterly, or 2-3 times per year.
||Generally a weekly or monthly publication.
||Focus on text and tabular data, less on visual appeal; advertising for field-related products.
||Colorful, glossy, many photographs and illustrations; high importance on visual appeal; advertising for commercial products.
||JAMA, American Journal of Nursing, Journal of Faculty Development, Journal of Developmental Education, Nursing Outlook.
||Time, Business Week, Psychology Today, People, Forbes, Money, U.S. News and World Report.