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FRN 279: French Cinema and Culture

This guide pulls together a variety of resources that will be useful to you as you complete your research in CNX 278. Should you have any questions about your research, evaluating sources, citing sources, etc. don't hesitate to contact me.

POPULAR VS. SCHOLARLY SOURCES

Identifying a source as scholarly or popular can often be tricky. Here are some things to look out for. Keep in mind, not all of these must be true in order to make a source scholarly or popular, and sometimes the elements overlap in both, but this is a good start to determining credibility. 

Scholarly Source  Popular Source
Peer-reviewed Newspaper or Magazine articles
Written by expert in the field Article displays ads
Contains the elements of an academic article (Abstract, Introduction, etc.) Written by a reporter or journalist
Includes references to other scholarly articles or data sets Contains cited sources
   

If you are still unsure if a source is credible (whether scholarly OR popular), remember to:

  • Google the Author
    • Has the author written other articles or books? 
    • Does the author have any expertise/a lot of experience in the field?
  • Google the Publication and look at the "About" page
    • ​Does the page indicate if the publication is peer-reviewed?
    • Does the publication have any major bias as determined by outside sources?

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