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Visiting Students Research Guide: Evaluating Resources

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is it scholarly or popular?

Is this article scholarly? There are two articles side by side. One is from the scholarly journal, Social Influence. It is original research and has author credentials, an abstract, uses formal specialized language, is written for scholars and experts, and includes extensive references. The other articles is from the popular magazine New Scientist. It is an overview of multiple studies. It includes eye-catching graphics, less formal language, and is written for a general audience.

What does peer reviewed mean?

Peer review means that a board of scholarly reviewers in the subject area of the journal, review materials they publish for quality of research and adherence to editorial standards of the journal, before articles are accepted for publication. If you use materials from peer-reviewed publications they have been vetted by scholars in your field for quality and importance.