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What is a Scholarly Source?


A wise professor once told me that a key to a successful literature review and an influential doctoral study is selecting credible, on point sources to build the study.  We talk a lot about “scholarship” in doctoral level research, but what does that really mean?  How does one select scholarly sources that are credible, important, and useful in building the case for the research, and in making sense of the results?

There is often confusion among doctoral students about what constitutes an acceptable scholarly source.  We regularly see proposal drafts that reference sources such as Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, or even postings from weblogs as support for the research.   These are not scholarly sources, they are not peer reviewed, and they often consist of personal opinions or “common knowledge” masquerading as scholarly sources.

The most recent addition to our library of resources on dissertation writing goes right to the heart of what makes a source scholarly.  To read all about scholarly sourcing, click the link below.

What is a Scholarly Source?