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Scholarly Sources. How to find scholarly sources using GMU Libraries databases. . What are Scholarly Sources?. Webster’s Third International Dictionary defines scholarly as:

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scholarly sources

Scholarly Sources

How to find scholarly sources using GMU Libraries databases.

what are scholarly sources
What are Scholarly Sources?
  • Webster’s Third International Dictionary defines scholarly as:

Concerned with academic study, especially research, exhibiting the methods and attitudes of a scholar, and having the manner and appearance of a scholar.

types of periodical sources
Types of Periodical Sources:
  • 1. Scholarly Sources Come in the form of scholarly journals.
  • 2. Trade Sources Come in the form of trade journals.
  • 3. Popular Sources Come in the form of popular magazines, newspapers, or other periodicals.
popular sources
Popular Sources
  • Authors
    • Staff or freelance writers
    • Not subject experts
    • May or may not receive credit.
  • Appearance
    • Visually appealing.
    • Paid advertising, photographs, color.
    • Shorter articles.
    • No bibliographies or bibliographic references.
popular sources cont
Popular Sources, cont.
  • Content
    • Might report on new research, but as a news item, feature story, opinion or editorial piece.
  • Audience
    • General public.
  • Examples
    • Newsweek, Time, The Economist, National Geographic, and Psychology Today.
trade sources
Trade Sources
  • Authors
    • Staff or freelance writers
    • May or may not be subject expert
  • Appearance
    • Visually appealing
    • Paid advertising, many photographs and color.
  • Content
    • Reports on problems or issues of a particular industry.
    • Might contain industry terms or specialized vocabulary.
trade sources cont
Trade Sources, cont.
  • Audience
    • People in that particular trade or industry.
  • Examples
    • Billboard, Variety, American Libraries, and Computer Week.
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Scholarly Sources
  • Authors
    • Subject experts.
    • Receive credit.
    • Credentials will be listed.
  • Appearance
    • Little or no advertising.
    • Lack color and glossy photographs.
    • Likely to have graphs, tables and charts.
    • Articles are lengthy with full bibliographies and references.
scholarly sources cont
Scholarly Sources, cont.
  • Content
    • Includes reports on original research and theories.
    • Might include an abstract.
    • Gone through a peer-review or referee process.
    • Contains specialized vocabulary of the discipline.
  • Audience
    • Scholars, researchers, students.
  • Examples
    • Journal of American History, Science, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, and Lancet.
what does peer reviewed mean
What does “peer-reviewed” mean?
  • Scholarly publications go through a peer-review or referee process.
  • In this process, subject experts review the article to see if it is suitable for publication in a scholarly journal.
how can i check to see if a publication is peer reviewed
How can I check to see if a publication is peer-reviewed?
  • Many journals will have information about peer-review in the print copy of the journal or on their website.
  • You can also check to see if the journal is listed as refereed in Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory.
  • Many databases such as Science Direct and JSTOR only have these sorts of peer-reviewed, scholarly articles.
is there a place i can easily find scholarly articles
Is there a place I can easily find scholarly articles?
  • Both Expanded Academic ASAP and ProQuest databases allow you to limit your search results to scholarly, peer-reviewed articles. Just click the appropriate box.
  • These databases are located at library.gmu.edu under the link Databases
you are responsible
You are Responsible…
  • When you select the option to limit your search to peer-reviewed, scholarly sources, you still have the responsibility to ensure that information is truly scholarly.
  • Don’t just assume – verify!
remember
Remember…
  • Many faculty use the terms peer-reviewed, refereed, and scholarly interchangeably.
  • Don’t be confused – use the information in your class handout to assist you in deciding what sources will be best to included in your papers.
  • If you have questions, you can always find a librarian…
librarians are available
Librarians are available…
  • In person, at any of the four George Mason University Libraries…
  • Via E-mail at the Help with Research link on the library homepage
  • Via phone – the numbers are available at the Help with Research page, under Contact Us
  • Or the Ask-A-Librarian, the virtual reference service, available on the homepage as well.
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And…
  • Here at library.gmu.edu under “Help with Research”
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