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English 106/108: Scholarly Sources and Peer Review

This guide has been created for students of English 106 and 108 to help them learn the Libraries' services and get help when they need it.

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

How can you tell if a source is "scholarly"? Use the worksheet below as a guide.

The Peer Review Process

One major character of scholarly sources is that they are peer-reviewed. Here's how a scholarly source typically go through the process:

  1. A scholar/author writes an article and submits it to the editor of a journal or book. 
  2. The editor sends it to other scholars who are at least the academic peers (equals) of the author in that field.
  3. The reviewers review or vet (examine) it, then tell the editor whether they think it’s good enough to be published in that journal or what should be changed. 
  4. The editor tells the author the verdict:
  Accepted
or Rejected
or Revise and resubmit.

What makes some publications more reliable than others?