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Scholarly and Popular Sources

This video describes the differences between popular and scholarly sources. It was created by Carnegie Vincent Library at Lincoln Memorial University. 


Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory provides infromation on over 210,000 regulalry and irregularly published journals. If you aren't sure if an article you found is scholarly, Ulrich's is a great place to look for more information.

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Using Ulrich's

If you want to be absolutely sure a journal is peer-reviewed, use the database Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory. Look up the journal by title. Titles that are peer-reviewed are indicated by the black and white referee's jersey ("refereed" is another term for peer-reviewed). Note that there may be some parts of the journal (e.g. letters to the editor, book reviews, etc.) that are not peer- reviewed.

Screenshot of Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory highlighting referees jersey as icon denoting peer-reviewed souce