Q. What is the definition of a scholarly site?


Scholarly information is:

  • Content that has been written by experts in the field which is being discussed.
  • Written by an author who has education and/or experience with research on the topic.
  • Targeted to be read by scholars, professionals or students in the field.
  • Cited always with the author's references or bibliography.

Peer-reviewed information is:

  • A type of scholarly information which has been reviewed by experts in the field under discussion.
  • Often a report of studies and experiments in the field.
  • Rarely found on websites.

Scholarly information is different from popular information:

  • Because popular information may be written by anyone and is intended for the general public.
  • Often popular information does not contain references. 
  • It is the least reliable type of information.

To find scholarly information:

  • Visit the Library's Online Resources page.
  • Select a category that has to do with the topic.
  • Select a database from the list and use a few keywords to search for the topic.
  • Most databases will limit the search to just scholarly articles by checking a box.

One way to find scholarly information online is to search using Google Scholar.

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  • Last Updated Jan 14, 2020
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