Popular and Scholarly Sources

What Are Scholarly Sources? What Are Popular Sources?

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Time needed to complete this module: 10 minutes

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will identify source formats relevant to their discipline, information need, and context. 
  • Students will categorize and contextualize sources based on format and purpose.

When you’re asked to find sources of information for a paper or project, you may not know where to start. Your instructor may tell you that you must include a certain number of “scholarly” sources. But what does this mean? Simply put, scholarly sources have been through a more rigorous review process than popular sources. Check out this infographic created by UNCG librarians, to get a sense of the differences between scholarly and popular sources.

Machine Readable PDF of Scholarly and Popular Comparison Infographic

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