Scholarly vs. Popular
Your instructor may require that you use scholarly articles in your research. These articles are also known as academic, or peer-reviewed articles. What he or she is asking you to use are journals that contain articles written by scholars in order to develop the body of knowledge in the subject areas in which they specialize.This video clip from The Peabody Library will help you identify scholarly sources so that if your professor requires you to use only scholarly sources, you'll know what he or she is talking about.
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What is Peer-Reviewed?
WHAT IS A PEER-REVIEWED OR REFEREED ARTICLE?
The following definition is found in Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities: Psychology and Psychiatry, David W.E. Cabell, Editor, 2007-2008 on page XX.
With some exceptions a peer-reviewed or refereed article is one that is blind reviewed and has two external reviewers. The blind review requirement and the use of external reviewers are consistent with the research criteria of objectivity and of knowledge.
The use of a blind review process means that the author of the manuscript is not made known to the reviewers. With the large number of reviewers and journals, it is also likely that the name of the reviewers for a particular manuscript is not made known to the author. Thus, creating a double blind review process. Since the author and reviewers are frequently unknown, the manuscript is judged on its merits rather than on the reputation of the author and/or the author's influence on the reviewers.
The use of two (2) reviewers permits specialists familiar with research similar to that presented in the paper to judge whether the paper makes a contribution to the advancement of knowledge. When two reviewers are used it provides a broader perspective for evaluating the research. This perspective is further widened by the discussion between the editor and reviewers in seeking to reconcile these perspectives.