While these sources are usually scholarly, it's possible they may not be. It's important to review a source to make sure it actually is scholarly. Who is the author? Is there a reference list? Was it published in a scholarly book or journal? Please see the "Scholarly or Non-scholarly?" tab for more information about evaluating a resource.
Although these sources are usually not scholarly, they may be the best fit for your project. When citing a non-scholarly source, it's important to consider the context of the resource, the intended audience, any biases that the author may have, and how long ago it was published. Please see the "Scholarly or Non-scholarly?" tab for more information about evaluating a resource.
There are a variety of types of sources that you will find while conducting library research. This page is intended to help you get a better understanding of what those sources are and how they differ from each other. Please note that there are many more types of sources beyond what is listed below, but these are some of the common ones you will use when conducting research.
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