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SSI1-165 Never Really Alone: Symbioses and Parasitism Around and Within Us: Types of Sources

What do you think?

What element is REQUIRED for something to be considered a scholarly source?
Written by someone with a PhD.: 1 votes (1.75%)
Published in a peer-reviewed journal.: 16 votes (28.07%)
No pictures included.: 2 votes (3.51%)
All of the above.: 1 votes (1.75%)
None of the above.: 37 votes (64.91%)
Total Votes: 57

Let's take a look at some of the fundamental clues to what scholarly articles and popular articles look like. Taking a look at the two articles below, what do you notice about:

  • The title of the article?
  • The publication that it appears in?
  • The author of the article?
  • The language used in the first few sentences? 

The Atlantic

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

Fungal Ecology

Identifying & Evaluating Different Types of Sources


Thinking About Sources

What are the elements of a source that you would examine critically in order to determine how to categorize that source?

What are some of the characteristics that distinguish a popular source from a scholarly source?

When is it appropriate to use scholarly sources? When is it appropriate to use popular sources? 

Why does it matter what type of sources you use for your research?