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RUSS 1111 - Russian Fairy Tales - Khabibulina: Evaluating Your Sources

Popular vs. Scholarly Checklist

Popular or Scholarly handout    

An important step in the research process is evaluating a source to determine whether it is appropriate for your assignment.

For instance, your professor may require only scholarly sources for one assignment, and scholarly and popular for another assignment. This distinction will need to be made for books as well as articles.

Consult with your professor if you are not sure whether a source is appropriate for your assignment.

Evaluating Sources for Credibility

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals

This brief video provides an overview of ways to distinguish between popular magazines and scholarly journals.

Vanderbilt Peabody Library provides a brief overview on what makes a scholarly periodical different from a popular periodical. Created by Eli Moody, 2007.