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HIST 252: History of European Colonialism & Decolonialism

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Is it Scholarly?

How can you tell if something is scholarly?

  • Is the author an academic?

    • Are they employed at a university? Do they have a Ph.D.? If the source doesn't say, use Google.
  • Are there lots of footnotes, endnotes, or references?

  • Is it published by an academic press? (for books)

    • Often these contain the name of a university [Oxford University Press}, if not, use Google to find the press and read about their editorial board/policies.
  • Is it published in a scholarly journal? (for articles)

    • Sometimes these contain the word "journal" in the title, if not use Google to check out the journal's website & editorial board.

If the answers are yes, you probably have a scholarly source--it's gone through a rigorous peer review process. If you are unsure, ask your professor or a librarian!

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article

parts of a scholarly article labeled: Journal Name, Volume/Issue Number, Date, Article title, Author, Author Information, and Article Abstract or Summary