Q. Why is scholarly information insisted on for a research paper?


Thank you for your question about scholarly information. 

Scholarly Information (from databases) is considered to be:

  • Reliable
  • Researched
  • Written by someone knowledgeable in the subject.

Why use scholarly information?

  • It is considered to be quality information, and therefore it improves the quality of the student's paper. 
  • As you know, anyone can say just about anything in articles posted on the internet.
  • While you might agree with the conclusions of a paper found on the internet, you are often not given the chain of evidence you need to assess the truth of those conclusions.
  • Likewise, articles published in popular magazines, while they provide information and opinions, are not required to document evidence that either supports or negates their conclusions.
  • Scholarly journal articles, unlike web-based or popular magazine articles, are designed and structured to provide the elements necessary to most thoroughly evaluate the validity and truth of an author's position.

Thank you for using ASK US. Please contact your Campus Library/ARC for help locating scholarly sources. 

  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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