In the world today there is an abundance of information available to you, however, not all of that information is reliable. Use the tools provided in this guide to help evaluate the information you find when doing your research.
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Scholarly materials are written by and for faculty, researchers or scholars using scholarly or technical language, include full citations for sources. Scholarly items are often refereed or peer reviewed. Book reviews and editorials are not considered scholarly articles, even when found in scholarly journals.
Popular materials are often written by journalists or professional writers for a general audience using language easily understood by general readers. Popular items rarely give full citations for sources, are written for the general public, and tend to be shorter than scholarly materials.
For more information about evaluating resources, visit the Evaluating Sources guide.