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Finding and Using Information: Know your scholarly sources

How to find scholarly material for your research at UL Library

Why you should use scholarly sources

Scholarly sources are articles or books written by academic or professional experts, documenting new research findings, new interpretations or new theoretical analysis, in order to advance our knowledge or understanding of a subject.

Scholarly journals:

  • Are written by and for faculty, researchers or students
  • Use the language of the discipline
  • Are often refereed or peer reviewed by specialists before being accepted for publication
  • Include full citations for sources
  • Book reviews or editorials are not considered scholarly articles, even when found in scholarly journals

Finding Scholarly Journals for your assignments

Use of scholarly sources is expected in academic course work. If your lecturer has asked you to use articles from "scholarly journals" or "academic journals" in your assignment you need to use the library's collections to do this. Watch the library's video on Knowing your Scholarly Sources to get started.